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Green crackers enter Indian markets but yet to make a bang

Low stock of green crackersBCCL
Low stock of green crackers
Green firecrackers are available now in the city. But their sale is sluggish because of their high price and the limited varieties on offer. Usually an animated market at this time of the year, Sadar Bazar is more sedate, with only a handful of traders stocking the permitted crackers.

Most others, wary of losses like those they suffered last year after the Supreme Court banned regular firecrackers due to their adverse effect on air quality, have shifted to Diwali lights and decorations.

Amid the uncertainty about the norms for selling the green crackers and the restricted supply, Delhi Police has received only around 45 applications for licences to stock and sell fireworks so far. The applicants have been asked to wait till October 6, when their antecedents will be scrutinised prior to issue of licences.
Scepticism over demandBCCL
Scepticism over demand
The green crackers do not have barium and strontium salts as constituents and so create less polluting particles. This means, however, that unlike earlier, the fireworks will have a limited colour palette, producing mainly white and yellow sparks.

Because of this, Anand Gupta, member of the Sadar Bazar Market Association, said it was unlikely the green crackers would be in great demand this season.
An eye on illegal saleBCCL
An eye on illegal sale
Shopkeepers who have been licensed to sell the certified variety of crackers will have to use QR codes on the firework boxes and prominently display a copy of the police licence at the point of sale.

The cops have alerted the market associations and special police officers in the markets to keep an eye out for the illegal sale of banned crackers by the licenced sellers.
Dull sentimentsBCCL
Dull sentiments
Attributing the lack of enthusiasm on the part of sellers to both the limited supply and caution after suffering big losses last year, Sadar Bazar trader Harjinder Singh Chaddha said, "Normally, the demand for crackers starts at least a fortnight before Dussehra, but this year I haven't received any bulk order yet."

To add to the discomfiture of traders like him, a police officer said, "We have provided the retailers with a list of banned firework types and will scan their products before allowing them to sell them."
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Less variant of crackers
The traders claimed that there were only a handful of companies in Delhi that could supply the environmentally safer incendiaries. Because of this most traders have not applied for a licence.

"We don't know whom to contact for the supply of these crackers. But even more importantly, we cannot afford the high cost of these types of fireworks," said Vipul Aggarwal, who has decided not to focus on incendiaries this year.

"I also learnt that there were only two or three variants of crackers available. So, I think I will make a better profit if I sell Diwali lights."
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