In an attempt to make this Diwali safe and pollution-free, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is distributing awareness posters among schools and NGOs about do's for a joyous festival of lights and ill-effects of bursting firecrackers with representation pictures.
KSPCB has also strictly prohibited firecrackers of more than 125 decibel noise and bursting of firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am. The board has urged the citizens to celebrate the festival with more caution in an environment-friendly manner and ensure that the harmonious festival does not cause any regrets.
Around 15,000 posters have been printed both in Kannada and English as part of the environment awareness initiative taken up by the board. The poster contains do's and ill-effects for a joyous Diwali as below:
Do's for a joyous Deepavali:
* People in apartments / neighbourhood community pool together and celebrate with eco-care.
* Let the light outshine the sound.
* Ensure safety of flora and fauna.
* Do not lead to hearing or visual impairment.
* Check the labels before purchasing firecrackers.
Ill-effects of bursting firecrackers:
* Aberration in the levels of air and noise pollution.
* Elderly, weak-hearted, kids, expectant mothers are affected.
* The habitat of birds and animals are disturbed.
* Triggers high blood pressure, respiratory and heart ailments.
* Causes fire accidents.
This apart, as per the directives from the Central Pollution Control Board, the KSPCB will monitor ambient noise/air quality that will be carried out for minimum 24 hours during Deepavali festival in residential, commercial and silence zones. The objective is to see the impact of bursting crackers on environment and whether ambient noise level is within prescribed noise level standard limit.
The date, time, location and duration of the measurement will be recorded. All predominant noise sources will be noted, which may include extraneous noise such as road traffic, aeroplanes and other activities. Weather conditions will be recorded including wind speed and approximate direction, cloud cover, rain and ground frost.
The KSPCB should report the compliance of the noise level/air pollutants concentration with standard limits for that area. If there is increase or decrease of the noise level/air pollutants concentration in that area on a particular day, the board has to state the causes in the monitoring data sheets.