With the festive season going on in full swing, the most awaited, festival of lights, Diwali 2019 brings in green crackers to make the environment less polluted.
Green crackers with 30 percent less emissions have entered the market, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan announced on Saturday. The step has been taken keeping in mind people’s sentiments are taken care of without harming the environment.
Showcasing the crackers at the event, the minister and scientists from CSIR said they are available in the market at lesser cost due to the changed composition. The minister and scientists of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) who were involved in their making exhibited the green crackers at the event.
Last year, just before Diwali, Supreme Court had banned conventional firecrackers. It also fixed a two-hour time limit for bursting of crackers. It ruled that only green crackers with reduced emission will be allowed to be manufactured and sold in the country in order to control the pollution level. On October 9, 2017, the court had temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali in Delhi-NCR region, later court refused to give relaxation to its order while dismissing a plea by traders who had sought permission to sell crackers for at least a day or two before Diwali on October 19, 2017.
Green crackers are eco-friendly firecrackers that are developed keeping in mind the increased level of pollution and related hazards and health risks. According to the Health Minister, this step of bringing in environmental-friendly crackers will not only help keep the traditional Indian festivities and celebrations intact but will also keep the livelihood for millions of home alive, which are dependent on the sale and manufacture of fireworks.
The Health Minister announced, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs have been successful in developing various environment-friendly fireworks such as sound-emitting crackers, flowerpots, pencils, chakkar and sparklers. No doubt, millions of jobs have been saved due to the interventions made by our scientists and science has once again come to the rescue of the common man.
The manufacturing of new green crackers is to be done in India and these crackers have already been made available in the market for the sellers and consumers.
Almost 230 MoUs and 165 non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) were signed with firework manufacturers. The new formations of the green crackers were developed based on the suggestions of the Supreme Court.
The cost of the new green crackers will be equal to or less than their market value.
How will people differentiate the green crackers from the regular ones?
People can find a green logo and a quick response (QR) coding system developed by government to differentiate from the regular ones.
This step was necessary and was taken keeping in mind that the National Capital region of Delhi had witnessed very poor levels of air quality after Diwali last year. Under the Supreme Court order, the green crackers can’t be loud beyond a limit and have to be free of mercury, barium and arsenic. The crackers also have to be approved by the Petroleum and explosives Safety Organisation (PESO).
Though it is recommended that Diwali, being a festival of lights should be celebrated crackers free to keep the environment green and clean and our body disease-free.