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Pollution fight order to DMs & police

The Bihar State Pollution Control Board has written a letter to the district administrations for restricting the use of firecrackers and disc jockeys during weddings to curb pollution.

By Nishant Sinha in Patna
  • Published 10.05.18
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Patna: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board has written a letter to the district administrations for restricting the use of firecrackers and disc jockeys during weddings to curb pollution.

The letter issued to the district magistrates, senior superintendents of police, and superintendents of police says air pollution "increases tremendously with the use of music system, DJ, loudspeakers and fire crackers". "... To effectively curb air pollution, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change has notified Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 under which loudspeakers or other such instruments can be used only after receiving written permission."

These rules are already applicable in the state but the pollution control board has reiterated the measures after World Health Organization released the 2017 air pollution database, declaring Patna as the fifth most polluted city in the world.

Patna's air quality has deteriorated the past few years. The city was 48th among 1,600 cities in the WHO database released in 2014 and the sixth most polluted city in 2016. It was declared the second most polluted city in India after New Delhi in the 2014 report.

According to the latest global air pollution database, Patna is the fifth most polluted city in the world in terms of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 concentration- level of ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns which invade human lungs and cause serious health problems, including cancer.

Gaya has been declared the fourth most polluted city in the world in the latest report.