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More than 200 persons have been

arrested for bursting banned fireworks in the city and

neighbouring areas during Diwali celebration on Wednesday.

As the community Kali puja, celebrated on Tuesday, did

not immerse their idols, bright and dazzling illumination was

seen everywhere around numerous pandals across the city.

Many shops and business establishments in the central

business district and elsewhere lit up their premises with

'diyas' for Diwali.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished

people on Twitter: "Heartiest greetings to all on the

auspicious occasion of #Deepavali." She also posted similar

message in Hindi.

As part of police crackdown to prevent use of illegal

fireworks, 61 persons were arrested in the city since 11 pm

Tuesday till Wednesday afternoon, Kolkata Police sources said.

Besides, eight others were held for playing loud music

on DJ system in open space in the city, the sources said.

Another 150 persons were arrested in Salt Lake area,

the satellite township in North, for bursting banned fireworks

since Tuesday midnight till Wednesday afternoon, Bidhannagar

Commissionerate Police sources said.

A WBPCB official said several complaints of bursting

of firecrackers beyond the decibel limit and before the 8 pm

time came from fringe areas of the city including Dumdum and

Parnasree on Wednesday evening but did not give exact figure.

"We are keeping tab on the situation and our teams are

moving around," the official said.

WBPCB Chairman Kalyan Rudra earlier said seven teams

were on patrol in the city during Diwali and Kalipuja to keep

tab on flouting the decibel limit and the 2-hour window for

bursting low-emission firecrackers and fire works set by the

Supreme Court.

A Jadavpur University team of researchers conducted

air monitoring in four points of the city during the day.

"The pollution count of suspended particles is higher

than normal time around this period in November," a member of

the team said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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