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By Our Reporter | October 23, 2018

A drive was organized today at Kaman Chowmani and Maharaj Ganj Bazar area where sound emitting fire crackers worth Rs. 10 lakh were seized from some shops.

The Tripura State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has prohibited citizens from bursting fire crackers in public places including the streets in view of the upcoming Laxmi Puja as it exposes residents and commuters to noise, air pollution as well as risk of injury.

The order will be enforced in the city and suburbs. Lighting rockets, apti bombs (thrown downwards), Chain crackers,7 shots, kali potka, chocolate bomb or big crackers which exceeds 21 grams in weight as well as those that create a shuttering noise have been prohibited.

Based on the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) (Amendment) Rules, 2009, the TSPCB has also issued a notification saying that under Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the maximum permissible noise level of firecrackers has been fixed at 90 decibel impulse noise at five meters from the source.

It may be recalled that the Supreme Court in 2005 had ruled that there should be a complete ban on bursting sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am.

Earlier, the West Tripura district administration had also issued a notification order that banned storage and selling of fire crackers above 90 decibel.

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