Mysuru City gears up for festival of lights

Cracker stalls coming up at 8 different places in the heritage city

Mysuru, November 7:- Amid the pandemic situation, the heritage city is gearing up for Deepavali or the festival of lights which is little less than 10 days away from now. The festival of lights, which usually is colourful for obvious reasons, may not be the same what it used to be in the previous years. Given the prevailing conditions and financial crunch, people may opt for a simple one.

With the hope that cracker sale would not be affected much, stalls are being set up at J K Grounds on Sheshadri Iyer Road and seven other places in the city. The state government had decided to ban bursting of fire crackers on Friday morning but later on, withdrew its decision though the permission is only for green crackers. This must have been a sigh of relief for many cracker sellers who have started setting up stalls in right earnest.

In fact, the district administration has given permission for cracker stalls to be set up at eight different locations in the city. Overall, there will be 42 stalls. Besides JK Grounds where 12 stalls are being put up, there will be cracker sale at Vivekananda Circle, Andolana Circle, Hebbal, Siddartha Layout, Bandamthamma Temple, Brahmaramba Kalyan Mantap at Srirampura and parking area of Dasara Exhibition Grounds on Mysuru-Ooty Road. Sale of crackers will begin from Monday or Tuesday and the business hours will be between 10 am and 9 pm.

Talking to ‘City Today,’ Mysuru Crackers’ Sellers Association secretary Suresh said, “The government has okayed the sale of green crackers and we are preparing accordingly. Earlier, we used to have around 82 stalls but now the permission has been given only for 42 stalls. Covid-19 guidelines will be in place at all the stalls. Customers will be allowed inside only after thermal screening. We will also keep an eye on the physical distancing norm. Because of the pandemic situation, we may not have expected business and we are hoping we will have 50 percent business. Each of us have invested Rs 5 lakh and even if we get back that money, we will be happy.” (MR/HN/MN)


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