The green lobby will move the Supreme Court “within 15 days” against the National Green Tribunal’s order relaxing Bengal’s fire-cracker norm from 90 decibel at 5 metres from the source to 125 decibel at 4 metres from the source.
“We have written to the chief minister... requesting her to take immediate steps to ensure that the 90decibel norm stays. If the government fails to respond to our plea, we will move the apex court within 15 days,” Naba Dutta, the convener of Sabuj Mancha, an umbrella platform of several green groups, said on Sunday.
“We have served notices to the chief secretary, environment secretary and the state pollution control board chairman urging them to take immediate action to maintain the stringent cracker norm. But there has been no response yet,” said Biswajit Mukherjee, the secretary of the legal aid centre of non-profit Sabujer Avijan and former chief law officer of the state pollution control board.
Lawyer Gitanath Ganguly, once a high court-appointed officer to monitor noise norm compliance, said the state rule was formulated on the basis of a central environment act and upheld “12 times” by the high court and the Supreme Court.
When contacted by Metro, Babla Roy of the cracker lobby said they would request the people not to burst crackers after 10pm in compliance with a Supreme Court ruling.
Green activists have pointed out that the noise norm violation on Diwali night peaks after 10pm. “Pockets like Ballygunge Circular Road resemble a war zone around midnight on Diwali,” said a green activist.