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Follow SC order on Diwali, PCB tells dist authorities

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 23 - The Pollution Control Board (PCB), Assam has written to every district administration of the State to ensure proper implementation of the directives of the Supreme Court regarding use of fire crackers during the upcoming Diwali festival.

The directives of the Supreme Court fixed the maximum decibel limit for fire crackers at 125db and the timing of bursting fire crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm during the days of Diwali.

In the letter, the PCB also stated that its staff would carry out the monitoring of ambient air quality and noise level during the days of the festival at certain locations of Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Tezpur, Silchar and Bongaigaon. PCB officials will also carry out inspection and monitoring of commercial stockists of fire crackers across the State.

Meanwhile, the Kamrup Metro district administration has formed four teams to conduct inspections to monitor the commercial stockists and retailers of fire crackers to stop the use of fire crackers generating noise above the permissible level. These teams will also work to stop sale of any Chinese made fire crackers and ensure proper disposal of garbage.

During the festival, teams from the excise department will work to prevent illegal use of alcohol and narcotic items.

Meanwhile, Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu has urged the people of Guwahati to celebrate a clean and green Diwali. He also urged the authorities of all schools to create awareness about harm of fire crackers among their students.

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