Kolkata: In West Bengal there is already a ban on the sale and bursting of fireworks that generate over 90 decibel sound. But what we have seen in the recent years is that illegal firecracker companies, bearing fake tags and logos of Sivakasi manufacturers, flood the market just before Diwali-Kali puja.
The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will enforce the existing ban on sale and use of firecrackers that generate sound over 90 decibel and not opt for a blanket ban as is the case in Delhi.
WBPCB chairman Kalyan Rudra said the board was working in tandem with law enforcing agencies in the state to prevent illegal firecrackers from entering the market.
The WBPCB ban on bursting of firecrackers across all silence zones and during day time–10am to 6pm–would also continue to be in force across the state, Rudra said to the news agency.
In May, the WBPCB had fixed the maximum permissible noise level of firecrackers at 90 db after the National Green Tribunal gave liberty to the WBPCB to take appropriate decision in the matter.