Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police has put restrictions on the bursting of firecrackers in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar during the Diwali celebration on Sunday.

Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi on Friday said that denizens of the Twin City will be allowed to burst permissible varieties of crackers only up to 10 pm on the day of the grand festival.

As per Priyadarshi, action will be taken against the persons bursting crackers with noise levels of more than 125 decibels. Moreover, he appealed to denizens to use green crackers to keep the environment free from pollution.

The Police Commissioner further informed that a special team has been formed to curb the bursting of illegal firecrackers in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

“As per the guidelines, denizens can burst firecrackers up to 10 pm on Diwali. They can’t create noise by bursting crackers beyond the time limit. I request all the people of the Twin City to celebrate Green Diwali by using green crackers. Please help the administration to control air and noise pollution,” said Priyadarshi.

However, denizens and firecracker vendors are still confused about the guidelines issued by the Commissionerate Police on Diwali and the use of green crackers.

“There is not much demand for sound-producing firecrackers. People are mostly buying fancy firecrackers. We were not sure about the licenses to obtain from the administration for selling firecrackers this year. However, we got permission at the last moment. We are hopeful of good business,” said a firecracker vendor.