The festivities of Diwali have put officials of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) on their toes. They have swung into action to check the pollution level during the festival.
On Monday, two GPCB officials carried out tests to check noise and air pollution level during the festive season. Due to loud crackers bursting during Diwali, the noise pollution of the city reaches a higher level. The loud crackers, though seems to create attractive sound, ultimately ends raising decibel level, leading to higher noise pollution.
With noise meters, officials visited different areas of eastern and western parts of the city. Regional manager of GPCB, AA Dolti said, “The officials covered eight to ten areas of the city to check the noise levels during festive season.”
Officials found noise level in areas like Income Tax, Vijay Cross Roads extremely high as compared to other areas. “Areas like LD College, Helmet Circle, Gurukul Road etc were covered to test noise pollution,” added a GPCB official, part of the inspection team.
Elaborating the rules, Dolti said, “One of the rules set for firecracker manufacturers is that the noise level should not exceed 120 decibels (db). Till now, the noise tests done in different areas show that many areas witnessed noise up to 90 db.”
“Compared to last year, response has been positive and crackers with higher decibel level have not been in circulation much,” added Dolti.
The officials also checked the level of air pollution. “Samples of air were collected from LD College road, Shardaben Hospital area, Nehru Bridge, Narol etc, which will be sent to Gandhinagar for testing and the results will be out in few days,” added Dolti.