Ujjain: Sale of Chinese fire crackers and other decorative accessories have plummeted this festive season following a government directive to ban use of Chinese products in keeping with the national sentiment. However, markets in the city are abuzz with customers thronging to buy several household products ahead of Diwali.
While Chinese lamps do not share space with the local made ones this festival, designer homemade diyas have been attracting many eyes with potters taking advantage of the situation to sell lamps of different colours and shapes. These will adorn houses in keeping with the traditional practice of lamp lighting, during the five-day festival commencing October 28.
Customers are also being wooed with several offers on decorative accessories, apparels, jewellery, electronics and automobiles.
As the festival of ‘Dhanteras’ falls on October 28, the Sarafa and utensils markets are full of new products attracting buyers. Freeganj, Nai Sadak, Sathi Gate, Gopal Mandir, Sarafa markets have already adorned the festive look.The administration has proposed three cracker markets in the city. An advisory has been issued to the sellers to keep 25 kg of crackers at a time to avoid any untoward incident.
Heavy traffic jams have also been reported in the old city to add to the woes of the shoppers.