High price, less production mar sale of 'green' crackers in Chennai

  • | Thursday | 24th October, 2019

OMJASVIN M D ByExpress News ServiceCHENNAI: With less than a week away from Deepavali festival, the vendors in Chennai are hit by low sales of ‘Green' crackers. Though they are expected to be an alternative to the old polluting crackers, lack of variety, high prices and less production have hampered their sale. According to NEERI, the green crackers are produced using Potassium Nitrate and Zeolite instead of Barium Nitrate, a chemical found in the older crackers. ‘‘Only flower pots and sparkles are ‘green crackers’ with the green label and QR code of CSIR-NEERI. Vijaya Kumar, another retailer of Standard Fireworks, too admitted low sales this year.

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