Himachal Pradesh

Special monitoring drive to be conducted to access the impact of bursting of firecrackers during forthcoming Diwali

A spokesman of State Pollution Control Board said that to access the impact of bursting of firecrackers during the forthcoming Diwali festival the H.P State Pollution Control Board will conduct special monitoring drive. During this drive the board will assess the ambient air and noise quality in the State.
He said that necessary directions have been issued to all the regional officers and laboratory In-Charges of the State Board to conduct extensive ambient air quality monitoring derive with effect from 20th October to 3rd November, 2019. He said that ambient noise monitoring will also be conducted during pre- Diwali 21st October and on the day of Diwali (27th October).
He said that during this monitoring drive apart from general parameters like particular Matters (PM10, PM 2.5), oxides of Sulphur and Nitrogen, Carbon Monoxide and Ammonia some additional parameters like Lead, Nickel, arsenic , Barium, Iron and Strontium will also be monitored.
He further said that all the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police have been directed to ensure that no firework of firecrackers shall be allowed to burst in the 100 meters vicinity of the silence zone such as hospitals, educational institutions, courts etc. as per the provision of law. Sales and use of firecrackers generating noise level exceeding 125 dBA is also prohibited. Besides strictly following the directions issued by the Hon’ble Supreme court in this regard.
He said that the board has urged the department of education to educate the children about the harmful effects of air and noise pollution caused due to bursting of firecrackers and also to encourage them to celebrate pollution free Diwali. He also urged the people of the State to celebrate this festival of light in an eco-friendly way and say No To Firecrackers

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