|Report on noise levels of fire crackers at Bhakti Park, Wadala
On 26th October 2010
Commonly available firecrackers were tested for noise and air pollution levels and for compliance with Supreme Court orders on disclosure of chemical composition on packaging jointly by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the Mumbai Police and Awaaz Foundation on 26th October 2010 at Wadala. The Explosives Department, which is responsible for compliance at manufacturing stage did not attend.
The findings indicate that noise levels have gone up significantly since the last testing conducted in 2008 and that , in addition to rassi bombs (which violated noise limits at the 2008 testing), all serial crackers, and several aerial crackers also exceed maximum permissible noise limits. Some firecrackers sported names such as ‘AK 47’ indicating undesirably high noise levels.
I would like to add to Awaaz Foundation’s finding: This is surely a good reason to keep off crackers this Diwali. Why would you torture the ears of your children and other family members, and make them pay heavily for a few hours of vanity?