New Delhi, Oct 5 : ‘Green Crackers’, emitting less pollution, would be available in the market this Diwali, Science and Technology Minister Harshvandhan said on Saturday.
At a press conference here after the launch of 'Green Crackers' on Saturday, he said that after banning of traditional crackers in 2017 by the Supreme Court, he had appealed to the scientists of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to make such crackers that emitted less pollution.
“The CSIR along with its eight laboratories took up the task and formulated these eco-friendly crackers which will have 30 percent less emission than the traditional one,” the Minister said.
The scientists involved in this formulation approached the major fire cracker manufacturers with the new formula and produced and tested the samples at their factories, he added.
Around230 MoUs and 165 non-disclosure agreements were signed with the manufacturers.
He called for adoption of new and improved formulations by manufacturers and submission of compositional analysis of raw materials and samples by fireworks manufactures for emissions testing at CSIR- CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and CSIR- NEERI approved National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) facilities.
The fire cracker producers have been producing five most popular fire crackers like ‘Anaar, chakri, sutali bomb, sparkles.
NEERI Director Rakesh Kumar said the cost of these would be the same as the traditional fire crackers or even less than that in some types of crackers.(UNI)