Despite a ban imposed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on firecrackers that cross the prescribed decibel (dB) level, a visit by this correspondent to four locations in the city revealed that sellers have violated the ban. The locations were Dadar and Lower Parel in Central Mumbai, and Khar and Andheri in the western suburbs.
MPCB officials had tested a series of firecrackers on October 14, which included 10 varieties of single bombs and six varieties of series firecrackers. While the prescribed noise level for single bombs was set at 125 dB, the noise level for series firecrackers was restricted to 105 dB. They were supposed to conduct a retest on October 31, as some of the firecrackers were unavailable at the time. But the retest is still pending.
Commenting on the sale of banned firecrackers, environmentalist and president of Awaaz Foundation, Sumaira Abdulali, said, “If the banned firecrackers are being sold, then the police should take immediate and strict action against the sellers. However, as per my knowledge, the number of firecrackers sold in the market has reduced drastically in comparison to the last few years.”
“We have done our job by submitting the necessary papers to the explosives department in Nagpur and CBD Belapur. We also sent the papers to the police commissioners and now it is the responsibility of the police department to check the sale of the banned firecrackers,” said V M Mothgare, MD, MPCB.
Crossing their limits
The following brands crossed the prescribed dB level
Vulcano Bomb (Shama Fireworks) - 127.4 dB
1000 Shells (The Corporation Fireworks) - 118.9 dB
Two Royal Jaguars (Nayagi Fireworks) - 117.1 dB
Chak De India 5000 series (Coronation Fireworks) - 125.3 dB
5000 Series (KRS Fireworks) - 114 dB
MPCB’s prescribed noise level for single firecrackers
MPCB’s prescribed noise level for series firecrackers