With greater awareness of noise and air pollution, many citizens have adopted the idea of a noise-free or eco-friendly Diwali. A few days before Diwali, there were a few campaigns which asked people to celebrate Diwali in an environment-friendly manner. Apart from lesser noise, there was less air pollution too.
This was a good indicator of the success of such campaigns, lesser air pollution meant that asthmatic patients could breathe easily. Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had also launched green crackers.
As per a report from the Awaaz Foundation, Sunday’s Diwali celebrations in Mumbai generated a decibel level of 112.3, which was recorded just after the 10 pm deadline for the bursting of firecrackers, down from 117.8 dB posted at the same time in 2017.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sumeira Abdulali, Founder Awaaz Foundation, said, “The noise pollution in Mumbai has reduced considerably during this year’s Diwali. The use of noisy firecrackers has also gone down. We all need to protect our environment. And, it is good that Mumbaikars are opting for a safer, less noisy and less polluted Diwali.”
Firecracker use was considerably less than in previous years for all the days of Diwali and the few crackers that were consisted mainly of sparkles, chakris and anars.
The maximum levels this year was 112.3 dB and was recorded just after the deadline of 10 pm and was significantly less than the maximum level of 2017 which was 117.8 dB.
The noisiest crackers were used in a designated location near the Gymkhanas on Marine Drive and therefore away from residential areas. Cracker use on Marine Drive, mostly less noisy crackers like sparklers, anars and chakris (though there were some atom bombs, and aerial crackers) continued until about 10:45 but reduced significantly after 10:15 pm on Sunday, October 28.
On Friday, October 25, medical students and doctors had come together to spread awareness on green Diwali. They had taken out a rally at Juhu at the junction in front of Hotel Tulip Star beside Juhu beach and started sensitising the people crossing that signal with the help of posters and banners encompassing slogans like ‘Burst hunger not crackers,’ ‘#NoMoreShor,’ ‘Better Green than (life) gone’ and many more.