LOCAL RESIDENTS this year will have to keep in mind that they do not buy crackers with higher sound level for Diwali, as Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) will set up five checkpoints to monitor air pollution and noise pollution during the festivity from October 20 to October 22.
The checkpoints will be set up at Rajwada, Cloth Market, Chhawni, Tower Square and Vijay Nagar. Pollution Control Board regional officer Dr A A Mishra told Hindustan Times that five teams comprising four members each had been formed and trained to monitor noise level in air with the help of decibel (DB) metre system and ambient air metre to be installed on all five points.
Three readings would be taken in each area coming under the periphery of every checkpoint. Mishra further said that the Board has also issued directives to cracker manufacturers to not to produce crackers of more than 125 decibels and certificates have been issued to them to maintain standard levels.
What steps would be taken if the level of pollution were found above standard value? Says Sunil Vyas, ‘‘Legal action would be taken against and licence of those cracker manufacturers would be cancelled who violate the law by selling crackers of more than 125 decibels. The action would be taken by Explosive Department’. But the pollution level could only be decreased when people cooperate with the department and help create awareness about not buying high sound level and polluting crackers.
Three checkpoints were set up by the Board last year at Rajwada, Sarafa and Kothari Market, which revealed the level of pollution was up to 110 decibel in just one section of the City. Thus, this year checkpoints will be set up in different areas to trace the level of pollution.
Awareness efforts: Pollution Control Board’s Dr V K Waghela said measures to create awareness about noise and air pollution during Diwali were geared up when noise pollution in Indore was monitored at 122.8, which was near the maximum level.
He further said that from the past three years, Supreme Court had also been issuing notices and directives to manufacture crackers under the limit of 125 decibels. Meetings of cracker manufacturers are held before festival and orders to not violate rules were issued in advance.