Beware of `sutli` bomb during Diwali, warns MPCB

Maharashtra`s pollution watchdog has issued a warning this festive season: the popular `sutli` bomb used during Diwali has been identified as the main culprit for sharp rise in noise pollution levels due to firecrackers.

Mumbai, Oct 12: Maharashtra`s pollution watchdog
has issued a warning this festive season: the popular `sutli`
bomb used during Diwali has been identified as the main
culprit for sharp rise in noise pollution levels due to
firecrackers.

In tests conducted here last week, the Maharashtra
Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has observed that the `sutli`
bomb type firecrackers are exceeding the prescribed noise
standards, MPCB Member Secretary Sanjay Khandare said to a news agency.

Most other types of firecrackers meet the noise
standards, although the noise levels are significantly higher
than the prescribed limit of 80 decibels.

MPCB conducted the firecrackers test to study
compliance of standards under the En vironment (Protection)
Rules, 1986.

The notification on noise standards for firecrackers
is to be implemented by the Department of Explosives and our
test findings would be communicated to the Department of
Explosives for further action, Khandare said.

Bursting of firecrackers creates significant noise
pollution during Diwali festival and MPCB has been creating
public awareness about the high noise levels generated during
the bursting of the crackers and associated adverse health
impact, Khandare said.

In association with Mumbai police and NGO Awaaz, MPCB
tested firecrackers at the Wadala Truck Terminus, he said.

Noise standards for firecrackers have been notified in
October 1999 under the Environmental (Protection) Act.

Accordingly, manufacture, sale or use of firecrackers
exceeding certain noise levels are prohibited in case of
individual firecrackers.

In cases of firecrackers in series, these noise limits
have been made stringent depending upon the number of crackers
in series.

Bureau Report

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