The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) released a circular stating that the bursting of firecrackers during Diwali will be allowed only for two hours a day.
The details: The order highlighted that only green crackers would be permitted, and they can be burst only between 8 pm and 10 pm every day. Crackers that contribute to noise pollution have been banned.
- Directions to measure air and sound pollution before and after the festival have been issued to all districts.
- The BBMP Chief Commissioner, City Police Commissioner, Fire and Emergency Services Department, District Administrations and Health Department have also been instructed to follow guidelines.
Devices to measure pollution: The state pollution control board has installed devices to measure pollution across the city. Vendors are allowed to sell only green crackers, and legal action will be taken if this is breached. The Health Department and District Administrative Authorities have also been asked to create awareness among citizens.