TIRUCHI: The Chinthamani Cooperative Supermarket at Puthur here has fixed a cracker sales target of Rs. 1 crore for Deepavali festival. The authorities have planned to establish 10 special sales outlets in the Chinthamani branches at Puthur and Teppakulam in the city and Manapparai and Kulithalai towns to sell popular brands of fireworks.

Transport Minister K.N. Nehru inaugurated the sale at a function held at the Chinthamani supermarket on Sunday.

The cracker outlets will function from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all days till Deepavali and adequate stock of crackers have already been procured.

A sales target of Rs. 35 crore has been fixed for the supermarket during the current financial year through its six branches at Kailasapuram, Subramaniapuram, Puthur and Teppakulam in the city and Mapparai and Kulithalai towns. The business done during the half-year stood at Rs. 19 crore.

Special arrangements have been made for the sale of essential commodities such as sugar, dhal, rava, maida, dalda and edible oil at the supermarket in connection with Deepavali. The supermarket̢۪s annual turnover through the sale of controlled and non-controlled commodities was Rs. 45 crore, according to its Special Officer

A. Palanivel. MLAs Anbil Periasamy and K. N. Sekaran, Deputy Mayor M. Anbalagan, deputy registrar of Public Distribution System Sirajudeen were present.

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