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
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.
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