The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will work with Kolkata Police to ensure the noise limit of 90 decibel is not violated during Diwali celebrations. The WBPCB has handed over 300 instruments to help police monitor sound levels in any area. It will also carry out raids in the city during Diwali, sources said. “We will work in coordination with police. We have already conducted a series of meetings with police,” Kalyan Rudra, Chairman of West Bengal Pollution Control Board, told The Indian Express.
According to sources, the WBPCB, by means of a third party, has designed a special instrument to monitor sound levels. While the board was suppose to hand over several hundred such devices, so far 300 machines have been delivered, said sources. “This is the first time that Kolkata Police will be using the instrument provided by PCB to monitor sound, and then take action accordingly,” said an official.
Despite restrictions, illegal firecrackers have found their way into suburban markets as well as shops in Kolkata. On Sunday, one Narendra Nath Mondal (53) of Krishnapur in Baguihati area and one Gopal Chandra Ghosh (37) of Baguihati were arrested with approximately 62 kgs of banned firecrackers. As per sources, last year, south Kolkata had emerged as the noisiest zone in Kolkata during Diwali.
Meanwhile police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure hassle-free puja. As per sources, Kolkata Police have already prepared a blueprint for Kali Puja and Diwali. “ All police stations have been informed that any complaint received regarding excessive burning of crackers will be dealt seriously,” said an official.