Navi Mumbaiites bring down Diwali ruckus
NAVI MUMBAI: The persistent campaigns beseeching residents to ditch firecrackers because of the high levels of noise created by them seem to have paid off this year. According to anti- noise activists in the city, this Diwali the city was quieter than other festivals such as Navratri and Ganapati.
Activists, however, continue to stress on the need for following noise guidelines. “Although Diwali was quieter this year, noise guidelines were not followed completely. Many people continued to burst crackers past midnight, despite warnings,” said Ajay Marathe, an anti-noise activist from Vashi.
Marathe who had also mapped noise levels during Ganapati and Navratri said, “I bought firecrackers to check if the guidelines were being followed or not. But not one cracker had the chemical contents mentioned on the cover. Despite this blatant flouting of guidelines, officials refuse to take action against firecracker manufacturers.”
Senior citizens, who are worst- affected by noise levels and air pollution, said the situation was marginally better this year.
“Although the intensity of noise was lesser through the evening, people continued to burst crackers late into the night. Agencies need to be proac- tive and all housing societies must be provided with guidelines to keep the noise levels low,” said Brigadier Dharam Prakash, a member of a senior citizen association.
Many experts opined that it was the effect of inflation and not the anti- noise campaigns that had led to a quieter Diwali.
Further, 15 burns patients were also admitted in National Burns Centre, Airoli.
“While the number of burn cases was similar to last year, this year we got three critical cases because of firecracker injuries. Two of them include children,” said Sunil Keswani, secretary and cosmetic surgeon, National Burns Centre.