Tanfama seeks crack­down on Chi­nese fire­works

As­so­ci­a­tion claims they con­tain chem­i­cals and com­po­si­tions pro­hib­ited in In­dia

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Reporter

The Tamil Nadu Fire­works and Amorces Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Tanfama) has re­quested gov­ern­ment agen­cies to im­me­di­ately elim­i­nate Chi­nese contraband fire­works that have en­tered the coun­try over the last few months.

A state­ment is­sued by A. Asaithambi, pres­i­dent of Tanfama, said that three items in par­tic­u­lar — ‘pop-pop’ (throw down bomb) which bursts when thrown down or when stepped on, ‘cold pyro’ (anars) which are stage fire­works used in wed­dings and shows and con­fetti (pa­per shoot­ers) are swarm­ing the mar­kets.

Threat to en­vi­ron­ment

He said th­ese prod­ucts con­tain chem­i­cals and com­po­si­tions pro­hib­ited in In­dia.

“They are dan­ger­ous and lethal, re­sult­ing in dis­as­trous ac­ci­dents and large-scale en­vi­ron­men­tal de­te­ri­o­ra­tion,” he added.

Sold by e-com­merce firms

Ac­cord­ing to Tanfama, de­tails re­gard­ing the Chi­nese fire­works are put up on so­cial me­dia with video clip­pings.

They are also sold on­line by e-com­merce firms, in­clud­ing Ama­zon and Flip­kart.

The Tanfama state­ment pointed out that while rules pro­hibit trans­porta­tion of fire­works by bus, train or flight where there are passengers, it seems like th­ese three contraband are booked on­line, air­lifted and de­liv­ered through couri­ers.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has asked the gov­ern­ment and the de­part­ments con­cerned to look into the is­sue.

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