A survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has found that there was a 20 per cent decline in demand for firecrackers in the current Diwali season. The survey found that “it was not only the ban on Chinese firecrackers, but several factors like growing environmental awareness , rising cost of living, growing tendency amid people to save their hard earned money rather than spoiling them on burning crackers and paucity of time affected the firecracker business this festive season’’.
The survey was conducted in 10 cities — Ahmedabad, Bangaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Mumbai — to gauge enthusiasm and demand for firecrackers together with impact of ban on Chinese firecrackers across India in the last 25 days.
Most traders said they had seen a sharp decline of around 20 per cent year-on-year in the past five years and also almost halved the amount of crackers they used to get in the wake of poor sales.
Assocham secretary-general D S Rawat said the negative publicity against firecrackers causing environmental pollution affected the growth of firecracker industry across the country.