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Environment Minister's Solution To Firecracker Ban: Create Zero-Pollution Crackers

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| October 15 , 2017 , 11:04 IST

The Supreme Court's directive banning the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR area till November 1, after Diwali, was met with controversy. While some agreed with the ban which was announced in consideration with the increasing pollution in the area, others felt it impinged upon traditional Diwali celebrations. Traders protested as well, as they would face considerable losses without selling their pre-ordered firecrackers.

Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, has come up with a perfect solution to solve the firecracker dilemma, by telling Indian scientists to develop zero-pollution crackers. The zero-pollution crackers would not create pollution, would allow people to celebrate Diwali with firecrackers and give traders a product to sell.

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"At the India International Science festival, we told our scientists to create zero-pollution crackers in future so that they don't adversely impact the health of people and also the business of traders," Harsh Vardhan said to ANI.

"We can find a solution to keep everyone happy so that everyone is able to celebrate Diwali with a lot of joy, and children can enjoy their crackers also," Vardhan said.

The Environment Minister spoke from the sidelines of the 'Run for Clean Air' mini marathon at Delhi's India Gate on Sunday.

"We are celebrating the 'Run for clean air' marathon programme on the birth anniversary of late President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, who was a great visionary. This programme is to realise the dreams of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to deliver a new India where there is a high level of environmental protection," Vardhan said.