The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials will monitor noise levels at 15 locations in the city on three days during Diwali.
S C Kollur, Scientific Officer, MPCB, said noise levels will be monitored at Shivajinagar, Pune-Satara Road, Karve Road, Swargate, Yerawada, Khadki, Mandai, Laxmi Road, Sarasbaug, Parvati, Hadapsar, Koregaon Park among others. “Noise levels have dipped in the last couple of years,”
As part of the drive to spread awareness on high noise levels generated by bursting crackers and its associated adverse health impacts, MPCB conducted a series of tests to assess compliance of noise level standards in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur and Aurangabad. Officials said 17 of the 25 brands of crackers had violated noise level standards. Of 64 brands of crackers, 13 had flouted norms.
According to a notification under the Environment (Protection) Act, firecrackers generating levels exceeding 125 decibel impulse noise or 145 decibel peak noise are prohibited. The police have been informed about the test results.
Meanwhile, fire brigade department will press into service tenders across the city as a precautionary measure.
Prashant Ranpise, chief fire brigade officer, Pune Municipal Corporation, said the fire-related incidents have declined. He
said there were just six -seven calls on Diwali last year and just two calls in 2011.
Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of NGO Awaaz Foundation, said campaigns have helped spread awareness but a lot still needs to be done.
In a letter to Environment and Forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan, Abdulali said that government should strictly implement guidelines issued by MoEF committee for firecrackers.