Check the veracity of the firecrackers you'll be buying this Diwali for pollution regulations.

National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI) has developed a tool to scan the QR codes on fire cracker boxes. If the crackers are truly green, their registration will appear, but they that do not have a QR code will also be problematic.

MUMBAI (MUMBAI): For example, you can check the sustainability of the fire crackers you'll be buying this Diwali by checking the quality.According to Sumaira Abdulali of the Awaaz Foundation, the National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI) has developed a CSIR NEERI Green QR Code tool to scan the QR codes on fire cracker boxes to see if manufacturers have followed NEERI's specifications (chemical composition or formulation prescribed by NEERI for making crackers).If the crackers are truly green, their registration will appear, but they that do not have a QR code will also be problematic.According to Abdulali's tweets, take a snapshot of the results, along with the fireworks, and tag them #GreenorNotGreenCrackers to identify your waaz.

The application has been created by NEERI, but NEERI also developed Green cracker rules, and she stated in her tweets on Wednesday that all the ones we tested were fake according to their own app.Recently, the NGO Awaaz Foundation, in which Ali is the convenor, tested firecrackers for noise pollution in conjunction with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).The bulk of the items contained fake QR codes or bar codes, according to their joint testing findings.Besides the price, QR codes provide information about the manufacturer, the time of manufacturing, the expiry date, and the chemical composition of the product.

Abdulali wrote to the head of NEERI, which has powers to regulate chemical content in order to prevent noise and harmful fumes that can pollute the air, indicating that only a handful of crackers carrying a QR code and the rest of them were carrying barcodes that do not comply with the Supreme Court's requirements.Abdulali wrote in a tweet that the codes were in most cases false because they didn't work at all.In some items, she said she discovered the prohibited substance, barium nitrate.