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KOHIMA, May 6: The Nagaland Pollution Control Board has observed that firecrackers are widely used during the festive seasons like Diwali, Chhath Puja, Christmas, New Year, Weddings, and Birthdays etc which emit noise and gas during bursting. In this regard, the Board has stated that the Government of India under the Noise (Regulation and Control of Pollution) Rule, 2000 has laid down certain rules in order to regulate noise so that people are least disturbed.
The Deputy Commissioner is the authority to implement the said rule which states that bursting of crackers from 10:00 p.m.to 6:00 a.m. is not permitted and firecrackers above 125 decibels are banned.
In addition to the above Rules, the Nagaland Pollution Control Board under Section 31 A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and section 8 of the Noise (Regulation and Control of Pollution) Rule, 2000 directs that, if there is to be firework, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned Administration who shall give permission to carry out the firework specifying the time and place for the purpose (away from the hospitals, schools, residential areas). The rule also states that wide publicity shall be given prior to the event to avoid panic to the people in the vicinity and to maintain the congenial environment, prevent annoyance, disturbance, and discomfort to the public.
This was issued in a notification by The Nagaland Pollution Control Board.