Pollution level dips in TN on Diwali day;over 1000 cases filed
for violating cracker bursting window
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Chennai, Nov 7 (PTI): Air pollution levels dipped
across Tamil Nadu on Diwali, the state pollution control board
said Wednesday, a day after the festival was celebrated in the
state for the first time after the Supreme Court order on the
two hour window for bursting crackers came into force.
Police have filed over 1,000 cases against those who
burst firecrackers in violation of the two-hour time frame.
The police crackdown, however, has drawn flak from
opposition parties, which termed the action "ridiculous" and
demanded withdrawal of all cases.
A senior pollution control board official here said that
data showed a drop in pollution levels across the state,
including Chennai, on Tuesday.
Citing data being collated from several parts of the
state, he told PTI that there was a definitive drop in air and
noise pollution levels on the day (when compared to previous
years) and surveys showed that the parameters conformed to set
standards in most regions.
In Chennai, the Ambient Air Quality survey showed that
pollution this year was much lesser and even almost conformed
to the prescribed limits of 100/micrograms as regards PM-10
PM-10 ranged from 48 to 114 micrograms on Diwali day,
compared to between 387 to 777 microgram the previous year, he
said, adding gaseous pollutants (Sulphur di-oxide and oxides
of nitrogen) were well within the prescribed standard of 80
Ambient noise level ranged between 68 to 89 decibels on
Diwali here compared to between 68 to 80 decibels last year,
the official said adding the increase was "quite marginal"
when commerical area categories are factored in.
A senior police official here said cases were filed only
against violators of the Supreme Court order, which had fixed
a two hour time frame to bursting crackers.
He said over 1,000 cases were filed across Tamil Nadu,
including 340 in Chennai and 336 in Coimbatore and Tirupur
In Villpuram district, 160 cases were filed, while it was
105 in Tiruvallur, 79 in Kancheepuram 79, 50 in Vellore, 32 in
Cuddalore and 31 in Tuticorin district.
The cases were filed under Sections 188 (disobedience to
order), 285 (negligent conduct with respect ot fire) and 286
(negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) of the
IPC against the violators, he told PTI.
Another official said the number of police cases may be
"2000 plus" since information was still being received from
Also, Diwali was celebrated Wednesday by natives of
North India living in Tamil Nadu, he pointed out and added
that cases would be registered if there were violations.
Veteran CPI leader R Nallakannu and BJP Tamil Nadu unit
President Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded that the cases be
The Left leader said filing cases was not fair and added
that there was no intention among those booked to violate the
Both Tamilisai Soundararajan and Nallakannu said bursting
of crackers should not be viewed as a "big criminal offence."
CPI(M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan said filing cases
"against children and their parents" was unnecessary.
"Rather than acting on growing offences against women and
girl children, it is ridiculous to book those who burst
crackers and drag them to court or impose a fine," he told
MDMK general secretary Vaiko said some children or youth
might have burst crackers (that may have fallen outside the
fixed time slot fixed) out of festival fervour.
"They should be warned and filing cases against them is
wrong," he said.
On Tuesday several police stations in the state witnessed
tense moments after violators entered into heated arguments
A 12-year-old boy died Tuesday while bursting
firecrackers in Namakkal district.
The state government had fixed the time for bursting
crackers between 6 AM to 7 AM and 7 PM and 8 PM, confining the
revelry to two hours in line with the apex court directive.
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