Green cracker, No crackers, Diwali
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Even though the idea of less pollution-causing green crackers has been conceived, such crackers won’t be sold in this year’s Diwali, announced Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Environment Minister on Oct 29, Monday. Although the low pollution emission levels fireworks technology is all set to be shared among other fireworks manufacturing companies soon, this year’s Diwali will not have people bursting green crackers.

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has devised and developed the technology, said Vardhan to the media reporters. The samples of green crackers were circulated to the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) to carry out safety checks and to also receive a license for manufacturing such crackers.

Just after the PESO carries out the safety checks and grants permission, the manufacturers of the green crackers will be able to go ahead and produce more such crackers. In the year 2016 and 2017, toxic elements such as aluminium and barium in high amounts were detected by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in the atmosphere of the capital city, Delhi just a day after the festival of Diwali.

However, the new green crackers technology will produce 20-30% less amount of toxic pollutants, as per Harsh Vardhan. Many extremely toxic elements being utilized in the making of conventional crackers such as sulphur and potassium nitrate are now either being replaced with the new technology or are being reduced, Harsh Vardhan further added. The new green crackers don’t require high levels of potassium nitrate and use magnesium over aluminium.

The Union Environment Minister added that the cost of manufacturing the green crackers would be cut down by nearly 15-30%. Moreover, to test the firecracker emissions, a testing facility was developed at NEERI, Nagpur. Well, we hope that the new technology green cracker technology gets the license and one will be able to witness it in the coming year.

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