Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has issued an order to bring in more clarity on the concept of green crackers, which it had exempted from the state-wide ban of crackers ahead of Diwali, last week.

The Karnataka Government has clarified that Green Crackers packaging can be identified through the distinct green logo of CSIR-NEERI and PESO as well as quick response coding systems.

As per the clarification issued by Anjum Parwez, Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department (Disaster Management), green crackers can be distinguished from the remaining through a green logo of the CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute) and PESO (Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation) along with a QR code.

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“The QR code is a novel feature incorporated on firecrackers to avoid manufacture and sale of counterfeit products,” Anjum Parwez said.

The order also mentioned that green crackers are available in different forms including sparklers, flowerpots, and maroons.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru’s local civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has identified several playgrounds across the city for retailers to set up temporary stalls. According to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, 23 such grounds have been identified in the East Zone while another 12 have been in Mahadevapura Zone.

The provision for 68 temporary stalls will be made in seven other playgrounds in the South Zone, he added, saying another four in the West Zone and one each in Dasarahalli and Bommanahalli zones feature on the list sent for clearance to the City Police Commissioner’s office.