On Friday, the Karnataka High Court ordered the state government officials, municipal authorities and police officers to ensure that only 'green crackers' connected to the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Petroleum Explosives Protection Organisation (PESO) and QR code logos are sold in the state.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty followed this direction after it was told that on November 12, after a November 12 High Court order, the State Government had released a new order relating to green crackers.
The new government order (GO) demonstrated that the distinct green emblem of CSIR-NEERI and PESO on their packaging would distinguish green crackers.
"Green crackers do not contain toxic additives, thus greatly minimising air emissions due to firecrackers. Compared to traditional crackers, these crackers are less harmful," the GO says.