Ahmedabad seems to have kept its noise pollution levels low this Diwali. The data by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) released recently reveals that the highest firecracker noise level on Diwali was recorded to be at 110.8 decibels (dB), which was well below the permissible limit.
“As per the Central Pollution Control Board, manufacturers can’t create firecrackers that generate noise levels above 125 dB at the distance of 4 metres from the point of bursting. None of the places where firecrackers were burst went above that limit,” says A A Dolti, Regional officer of GPCB.
The noisiest places on Diwali (November 3) were Soni ni Chali char rasta (110 dB) in Odhav and Anjali char rasta (110.4 dB) near Paldi. In comparison with the last two years, there was also an approximately 10% increase in the firecracker noise levels in other areas like Maninagar, Vijay Char Rasta, Jamalpur fire station and Nehru Nagar.
“The data collected is quite balanced as the permissible limit wasn’t crossed. The most positive thing is that people have refrained from bursting crackers near hospitals and Gandhi Ashram. We also recorded 9% decrease since last year in the firecracker noise level near Sai Baba Temple,” he says. Unlike previous years, the GPCB hasn’t received any complaints from people disturbed by the noise generated by firecrackers. “The public has become more aware about the ill-effects of bursting crackers which is a good thing,” says Dolti.
Published by The Indian Express Ahmedabad (Late City edition) on November 14, 2013.