Beacon sellers in Kolkata taken off-guard, fret over unsold stock

  • By TOI
  • | Friday | 21st April, 2017

The decision to scrap red beacons has taken hundreds of businessmen on Lenin Sarani, Mullickbazar, Dunlop and Howrah Maidan off-guard. Since the bar on beacon lights comes into effect from May 1, I have got almost no time to clear my stock. His personal security officer said that dada needs the beacon lights to impress the people of his assembly segment. "I am stuck with huge stock of beacon lights. They do not worry about the cost," said Iqbal Ahmed on Mullickbazar.Chief minister Mamata Banerjee never used a beacon after becoming the chief minister.

Colours of beacons: Red, blue and amber Beacons fitted with halogen lights: Between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500 Beacons fitted with LED lights: Between Rs 800 and Rs 1,100 Beacons fitted with flashers: Between Rs 300 and Rs 500 KOLKATA: The only person as disappointed as the netas who have been "stripped-off their VIP status" after the Union Cabinet scrapped the use of red beacons is Jugraj Nahata.

No, he does not use one atop his vehicle.

He sells them to politicians who then flaunt them as a status symbol in their constituencies.

The owner of Car Plus Centre on Lenin Sarani who sells - besides car seat covers, music system, and fancy fittings --- beacons, is worried about the huge stock in his warehouse.

He who would sell close to 15 red beacons a week till Tuesday but has not sold a single one since Wednesday when the Union Cabinet decided to do away with red beacon lights on all vehicles, including those of the Prime Minister, but excluding emergency services, from May 1.The short span of time between the announcement and the date from which it comes into effect has left businessmen like Nahata with very little time to clear their stocks.

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