Pockets of Kolkata throwing cautious to the wind burst fire-crackers above the permissible 90db sound limit set by the Supreme Court.
However, various parts of the city maintained the Supreme Court deadline, time of bursting fire-crackers, though some areas of the city and also around the State, even in this respect, missed the stipulated time frame.
It is festival of lights, which means win of good over evil, light where there is darkness.
But as many cities of the country is suffering from huge air pollution, Delhi tops the list, Supreme Court had tied a deadline to bursting crackers on Tuesday.
The deadline was 8-10pm, which was been maintained by only some parts of the city of joy.
It was the city’s first brush with a due date of blasting sparklers somewhere in the range of 8pm and 10pm on Kali Puja and it appeared to clear the test though many pockets defied the Supreme Court rule.
However, Tuesday evening, as the city prepared to venerate Goddess Kali, was calmer than some other Kali Puja nights in the previous decade, said specialists. Some time before the SC-ordered 8pm availability began, Calcuttains heard the intermittent wafers going off, proof that the sound devils had not totally gone off the lattice.
Be that as it may, as the night wore on, the scene appeared to change for the more awful, but not exactly prior years.
NGOs across the state said the SC two-hour window for blasting crackers were violated, particularly in suburbs, like Naihati and Chandernagore, with hardly any area from where objections were accounted for.
Nonetheless, they recognized, that sound limitation was extensively lower than before.
In Kolkata, bursting crackers before 8pm were sporadic. Activists said north Kolkata recorded lesser contamination than south.
“At 10.15pm, the commotion levels were far over as far as possible inside Bidhan Sishu Hospital at Phoolbagan. I saw street dog running for cover and birds falling dead from trees. Be that as it may, north was superior to anything south,” said Naba Dutta, secretary Sabuj Mancha, which got 76 complains in between 8pm and 10pm.
At 8pm, when the flood-gate opened, a significant area chose to maintain the sound-level. However, many seemed to be resolved to blast crackers lesser than the allowed 90dB level.
Additionally, the police’s appeal to burst light firecrackers in open fields appeared to meet with enthusiasm.
Indeed, even as cops round up after getting call for illegal blasting, calls to the police and the pollution control board began coming in.
Thakurpukur, Sarsuna, Salt Lake and Tiljala saw general grumblings. From 4pm till 11pm, the cops got 64 grievances and till 10pm—the SC due date for blasting crackers—the pollution control board got seven calls, the figures being much lower than prior. Also this less arrest were made than previous years.
In between 4pm to 11pm 69 arrests were made by cops, where previous year it was lined up to 121.