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Sivakasi’s fireworks factories are busy churning out crackers well after the Diwali festival, as their designer fireworks have become a big hit in North Indian weddings, keeping them in business round the year.
Demand for these colourful crackers is growing as they are increasingly being used in marriages, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Manufacturers Association Secretary Abiruban said.
In North Indian marriages, crackers are burst during the marriage procession. With this, there has been an increase in the number of people using such items,” he told PTI.
Abiruban said designer fireworks are much costlier than normal ones. A single “multiple shot” piece, which explodes into various designs in the air, could cost Rs 600.
“In a normal firecracker, you may have 1000 units or 5000 or even 20,000 units, which, however, is not so with designer crackers. Each and every such cracker is made in a way that they perform better every time,” he said.
Association president Asaithambi said turnover from the 450 factories in Sivakasi in 2008 was Rs 1,500 crore.The industry had witnessed a five per cent growth since 2008-09 and 10 per cent after introduction of designer crackers, he said.
The fireworks factories provide direct employment to 40,000 persons and indirect employment to around one lakh.
Delhi-based wedding planner Das Khurana said this trend was very popular among “landowners” and those from a rural background who believe in showing off.
Khurana said many people have become environment conscious and prefer using mild crackers. The procession too has witnessed a change with many preferring beautiful chariots nowadays, instead of a traditional horse ride, he said.
Designer crackers are also used when a wedding is solemnised, he said.
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