Police allow bursting of firecrackers till Sunday midnight, move upsets activistsTNN | Oct 28, 2016, 01.15 PM IST
MUMBAI: The Mumbai police has given permission to burst crackers up to midnight on Sunday on the occasion of Laxmi pujan. The move has upset activists in the city.
Ashok Dudhe, Mumbai police PRO, said Mumbaikars will be allowed to burst firecrackers up to 12 am. Anti-noise crusaders said this was against noise rules.
"According to noise rules, the extension is allowed up to midnight only for loudspeakers. If the police is giving permission for firecrackers, it isn't by the rules. We will write to them and the government as well," said Sumaira Abdulali, convener, Awaaz Foundation.She will be measuring decibel levels in the city on Sunday. Last year, Trombay, with an average decibel count of 90 on Diwali day, was the noisiest in the city. The peak noise recorded across the city was lower compared to 2014.
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According to the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, residential and silence zones should have a maximum noise level of 55dB and 50dB in the day and 45dB and 40dB at the night, respectively.
Meanwhile, activists urged citizens to come out and complaint against noise violations.
Awaaz Foundation's anti- noise pollution campaign has been covered extensively in the Press and media since 2003.