Expect a less noisy Diwali this time as the Mumbai police on Monday assured the Bombay High Court that strict action would be taken against firecracker sellers and distributors if the crackers they sold exceed the 125-dB limit set by the SC in 2005.
Joint commissioner of police Sadanand Date assured the division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Nitin Jamdar that all licence holders (sellers) and distributors of fire crackers will be informed about the Supreme Court order and action will be taken against them if they are found to have breached the limit.
The bench was hearing petitions involving issue of noise pollution and / or permission seeking use of sound amplifiers in a silence zone.
During course of hearing on one such petition – filed by RK Educational Foundation seeking permission to hold their school’s sports event at the MHADA ground near Lilavati Hospital -- the court had last week said a balance should be struck between the need for cultural activities in the city and the need for a noiseless life.
The bench had suggested that a special committee for considering view points of stakeholders should be set up and in order to espouse the possibility further, the court had placed the bunch of petitions for hearing in Conference.
During the course of the hearing on Monday, Sumaira Abdulali of Awaaz Foundation brought the Supreme Court order to the bench’s notice and sought direction to the authorities to strictly enforce the SC directive.
The SC has restrained sale of firecrackers exceeding decibel limit of 125 dB, but almost all crackers available in the market exceed the decibel limit. The JCP then said firecracker sellers would be informed about the SC order.