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What boycott? Chinese firecrackers have already flooded Delhi's markets

Crackdown on Chinese fireworks is not a priority for authorities

Half-hearted ban on Chinese firecrackers adds little to pollution control

Come Diwali, many state governments start demanding extension of ban on Chinese firecrackers, which are cheaper and more polluting than those manufactured in India. This time the clamour to regulate sale of Chinese firecrackers has grown, with some political parties demanding the ban of sale of other Chinese goods in the country. But, despite this, markets in Delhi are flooded with Chinese firecrackers, which arrive months before Diwali and are distributed to the wholesalers. The authorities only wake up to the menace a few days before the festival. A senior customs officer says ...