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  • 15 October, 2022

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Green Crackers

Green Crackers

  • The Chandigarh government recently approved the use of green crackers.


  • Three Categories of Green Crackers: developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

SWAS (Safe water releaser)

  • Have a small water pocket/droplet which gets released when burst, in the form of vapour.
  • Suppresses the dust released by releasing water vapour in the air.
  • Does not comprise potassium nitrate and sulphur and the particulate dust released will reduce approximately by 30 per cent.

STAR (Safe thermite cracker)

  • Does not comprise potassium nitrate and sulphur,
  • Emits reduced particulate matter disposal and reduced sound intensity.

SAFAL (Safe minimal aluminium)

  • Has minimum usage of aluminium, and used magnesium instead.
  • Ensures reduction in sound in comparison to traditional crackers.
  • Advantages of Green crackers
  • Reduction in size of shell,
  • Elimination of ash usage,
  • Reduced usage of raw materials, uniform acceptable quality, etc.,
  • Leading to the reduction of particulate matter and gaseous emission.
  • Different from Traditional Crackers:
  • Green crackers cause 30 per cent less air pollution as compared to traditional ones.
  • Green crackers reduce emissions substantially and absorb dust and don’t contain hazardous elements like barium nitrate.

Permission to Use:

  • According to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), green crackers are permitted only in cities and towns where air quality is moderate or poor.
  • Guidelines to choose the Right Green Cracker:
  • Buy green crackers only from licensed sellers.
  • Identify through the CSIR NEERI logo.

Read Also: Green Crackers and NGT

Source: The Indian Express

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