Bengal govt warns festive revellers against using banned crackers
West Bengal government on the eve of Kali Puja/Diwali warned people of punitive action if standing High Court order of not bursting crackers beyond 90 decibel was violated.
The government in an advertisement mentioned 92 different fire crackers, which are above 90 decibel sound from the point of launching.
The State Pollution Board has also similarly warned people against using banned crackers, and any violation of the order would even invite legal action leading to jail term of up to five years or fine of Rs 1 lakh.
Meanwhile, selling of fire crackers from three authorised 'Bazi Bazars' set up in city picked up today on the eve of Kali Puja.
Sellers set up vendors in two places in south Kolkata and the main one in Maidan in central Kolkata had a tough time in meeting the demand of authorised firecrackers.
Similarly, selling of sweets, ornaments and household goods in the city shops and malls have picked up to mark Dhanteras.
Police have beefed up patrolling in all sensitive zones and arrested many history-sheeters to ensure peaceful festival of light.
State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted people on the occasion and called upon them to maintain peace and harmony during the festival.