Quieter Diwali yes, but no let-up in mishaps

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 08:42 IST

Diwali night on Thursday registered a drop in noise level as compared to last year one. This time, as per regional officer, Haryana Pollution Control Board, Panchkula, Nirmal, the peak value of noise level was registered at 96 decibels between 8pm to 10 pm on Thursday in the residential area of sector 11. The time was selected as most of the people start burning crackers at this time.

Also, from 10 pm to midnight, the peak value was 88 decibels. The standard is 45 db at night and 55 during the day.

So, it was double than the usual in Panchkula on Diwali night.

However, as compared to the noise on the 2013 Diwali night, it was still quieter.

“This time, the noise pollution was not that severe. Even the children seemed to have become more aware.

I observed that this time people burnt the crackers only on Diwali while otherwise people started bursting crackers a few days before the Diwali,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary, sector 12 resident welfare association, Panchkula.

Last year, the peak value of noise was 105 decibel, while in 2011 it was 91 decibel. In 2012, the noise level could not be recorded as the machine developed a fault.

Regarding air quality data, the regional officer said that would be made available on Monday as needed to conduct tests in laboratory.

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