India Launches Green Crackers to Reduce Air Pollution

Dr. Harsh Vardhan at a press conference on Green Crackers, in New Delhi on October 05, 2019. Photo: PIB
Dr. Harsh Vardhan at a press conference on Green Crackers, in New Delhi on October 05, 2019. Photo: PIB

In a bid to tackle the crisis of air pollution in India, the government has launched green firecrackers. An Indian minister Harsh Vardhan announced Saturday (October 5) in New Delhi that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs have developed various environment-friendly fireworks such as sound emitting crackers, flowerpots, pencils, chakkar, and sparklers.

He further pointed out that these fireworks, based on new formulations developed by CSIR, have been manufactured and are available in the Indian market for consumers and sellers.

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The minister said that due to the ban imposed by the Supreme Court of India, there was a threat of imminent closure of the entire fireworks industry. However, science has once again come to the rescue of the common man and millions of jobs have been saved due to the interventions made by our scientists.

Harsh Vardhan launched the green crackers manufactured by licensee-manufacturers. He also informed that a green logo as well as a Quick Response (QR) coding system has been developed for differentiation of green crackers from conventional crackers.

The QR codes is a novel feature incorporated on the fire crackers to avoid manufacture and sale of counterfeit products. This will also help the consumers to track the cracker using smart phones and other devices. Harsh Vardhan indicated that the cost of the green crackers is almost the same as that of regular crackers.

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