The West Bengal Air pollution Keep an eye on Board (WBPCB) has raised the noise restrict from 90 decibels (dB) to 125 dB for sound-emitting inexperienced firecrackers.
“In continuation of the above noise level limits for the sound emitting green firecrackers shall be within 125 dB and the light emitting green firecrackers shall be within 90 dB measured at a distance of four metres from the point of bursting as per the formulation of CSIR – NEERI,” stated an series of the WBPCB issued on Wednesday. .
“Even though the Supreme Court had fixed the noise limit for crackers at 125 dB in 1999 based on research findings, the West Bengal government has restricted it at 90 dB all these years. We welcome the order,” stated Babla Roy, chairman of the West Bengal Firework Producers’ Affiliation.
The sale and bursting of firecrackers, alternative than inexperienced firecrackers, was once restrained in West Bengal by means of the air pollution keep watch over board in October 2021.
Professionals stated that the situation’s rule of maintaining the noise stage not up to the nationwide stage was once challenged a minimum of seven instances in numerous courts. On the other hand, each and every future it was once guarded by means of courts as there are provisions that permit states to assemble environmental requirements extra stringent.
The future for bursting inexperienced firecrackers at the future of Diwali has additionally been mounted for 2 hours (8pm to ten pm). For Chhath puja, such crackers were allowed from 6am to 8am and for Christmas and Unutilized Pace’s Eve they have got been allowed for simply 35 mins from 11:55pm to twelve:30am.
Inexperienced activists, then again, have criticised the series announcing that lots of the firecracker production gadgets in West Bengal are unlawful as they don’t create inexperienced crackers.
“There are thousands of firecracker manufacturing units across West Bengal but only seven produce green firecrackers. Rest are all illegal. Even in March this year, the state government had maintained that the noise limit wouldn’t be raised. What happened in these seven months that the noise limit was diluted? It seems that the pollution control board has yielded under pressure from the illegal firecracker manufacturers lobby,” stated Naba Dutta, a inexperienced activist.