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Sivakasi: Numerologists' bug
seems to have bitten this famous firecracker hub, housing about
8,000 factories and producing 90 per cent of the total fireworks
output, with the local body deciding to add one more 'a' to its name
so that the town is spelt as 'Sivakaasi' to ward off 'the evil eye
responsible for many fatal accidents in the units and bring
Municipal Council unanimously passed the resolution on Friday hoping
to bring about peace and prosperity to this town which is also the
home to gigantic printing presses with in-house studios and artists
producing a kaleidoscopic range of colourful posters and calendar
art for millions in India.
firecracker capital Sivakasi has been bitten by a numerology bug and
wants to add one more 'a' to its name so that the town is spelt as
Sivakaasi. It is believed that changing the spelling will be
propitious. There are almost 400 manufacturers based in this
industrial city producing almost every kind of fireworks which are
exported to various countries.
advice comes on the back of several accidents in the firecracker
units this year due to the lack of safety norms.
The change in
spelling is expected to ward off the evil eye.
been part and parcel of the town's pyrotechnic industry. For example
over ten people were killed and 30 injured in a blaze at a fireworks
manufacturing unit in July this year.
are believed to have convinced Municipal Vice-Chairman A M S G
Ashokan of the Congress on the need to change the spelling to ensure
no unfortunate incident took place if the town's spelling was
changed The town also produces safety matches and colour matches. In
fact, Sivakasi today contributes 80 per cent of India's total safety
Sources said the
proposal is now expected to go before the Tamil Nadu Government for
approval with the extra 'A' becoming Sivakaasi's guardian angel.