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Cauvery dispute tanks fire crackers business in Hosur

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By Anirudh Saligrama

Bangalore, Oct 6:With Diwali festival approaching, the fire cracker business at Hosur sees a decline in sales as people fear buying crackers due to the ongoing Cauvery dispute.

Akash Kumar, resident of Bangalore said, “Every year, I used to buy crackers from Hosur during the Diwali season, this year I find it very risky driving to Hosur from Bangalore due to the ongoing Cauvery water dispute and the recent strikes that happened last month.”

Anil Raj, another resident, also cited the same reason and added, “The crackers are available at cheaper rates at Hosur compared to what we get in the city. Now because of the water dispute between the state, I’m still confused whether to buy crackers or not from Hosur as it is still risky even though the situation is calm at present.”

Dealers Speaks:

M Muniratnam, proprietor at Mathi Traders, Hosur said, “Compared to the same time as last year, the sales of fire cracker has gone down by 20% approximately. This is because of the Cauvery dispute and also the latest rumours of Jayalalitha health condition.”

V Manjunath, proprietor at Annapurneshwari Traders said, “During this time, several people from Bangalore come to buy crackers. But this time we hardly had any customers from Bangalore. We are not sure exactly as to why the customers from Bangalore are not shopping for crackers. We hope that there will be more customers during the time of festival.”

Decline in transportation of crackers:

Mr.Murugappan, who works for Sri Senthi Crackers and supplies Sivakasi Fireworks said that the company has received only 25% of orders compared to the same time previous year.

“The crackers need to be shipped from Bangalore for other locations as well. But the process is on halt due to the current Cauvery dispute and it is risky for us to transport since most of the vehicles we have are Tamil Nadu (TN) registered number plates,” said Mr.Murugappan.

On September 12, protests broke out in Bangalore after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu. Nearly 40 TN registered vehicles were torched in Bangalore and the movement of vehicles across the border became limited. Similar protests also broke out in Tamil Nadu and the traders have been facing logistical issues because of the same.

 

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