Kolkata not ready for green crack­ers


DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Ar­shad Ali

Kolkata: Af­ter the Supreme Court okayed only green crack­ers dur­ing Di­wali and other fes­tiv­i­ties, fire­works man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers said that they were not ready with ‘green’ crack­ers and that it was not pos­si­ble to do so ahead of Di­wali and Kali Puja which are in early Novem­ber.

Chair­man of the West Ben­gal Fire Crack­ers De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Babla Roy dur­ing a meet­ing with mem­bers of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion on Fri­day said that they were ready to ad­here to the guide­lines of the West Ben­gal Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (WBPCB) of keep­ing the sound limit up to 90 deci­bel. But man­u­fac­tur­ers were not ready with en­vi­ron­ment friendly crack­ers. “There are cer­tain chem­i­cals used for man­u­fac­tur­ing fire­works, the use of which has been banned. I don’t know if it is pos­si­ble to pro­duce crack­ers with­out those. If it is, then pro­duc­ers are not ready to pro­duce those at such a short no­tice,” Roy told DNA.

Present at the meet­ing were se­nior of­fi­cials of the po­lice, fire and elec­tric­ity depart­ment along with author­i­ties of the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD), WBPCB and Pe­tro­leum and Ex­plo­sives Safety Or­gan­i­sa­tion (PESO). Sources said that fire­works man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers were told that they would have to stick to the SC or­der when Roy put for­ward his state­ment.

Roy also said that they had com­mu­ni­cated their queries to the ad­min­is­tra­tion. “Our de­mands in­clude a sin­gle win­dow clear­ance for li­cence, restor­ing of the ‘bazi bazaar’ at Lake Town, set­ting of rules at least two months ahead of the fes­ti­vals and im­me­di­ate ban on Chi­nese fire crack­ers,” Roy said.

On Mon­day, fire crack­ers would be tested in front of the po­lice and WBPCB of­fi­cials and there it would be de­cided which fire­works can be sold in the open mar­ket and which ones won’t not be.

WBPCB of­fi­cials how­ever, wel­comed the apex court’s or­ders.

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