The festival of lights, Diwali, is round the corner and, if it is business-as-usual, pollution levels will hit the roof, as they do every year.
But municipal bodies are waking up to the problem, and chalking out plans — read, restrictions — to keep air and noise pollution levels in check.Every year during Diwali festivities, the bursting of firecrackers pushes up pollution levels across the country.
According to the National Air Quality Index provided by the Central Pollution Control Board in 10 cities last year, particulate pollution, especially at the dangerous PM 2.5 level was hovering between 200 and 500 in cities like Muzaffarpur, Lucknow, Faridabad, Kanpur and Agra.
This year, several cities are taking measures to restrict the rise in air and noise pollution levels.
The municipal bodies of cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi are imposing restrictions on firecrackers. To show they are serious about it, they are even calling in the police to enforce the rules, as in Bengaluru.