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Festivals cause air, noise, water pollution

Satyasundar Barik

BHUBANESWAR: Are festivals in the State environment friendly? If the latest report of State Pollution Control Board is to be believed, the answer would be in negative. The SPCB had carried out assessment of noise level, ambient air quality and water quality after major festivals during 2010. Scientific data those emerged from the SPCB's study corroborates concerns of environmentalists.

The pollution watchdog had undertaken an impact study of celebration of last Dushera. Ambient noise level monitoring was carried out at various locations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Balasore, Berhampur, Keonjhar and Sambalpur towns covering industrial, commercial, residential and silence zones. The results indicated that the noise level during festival period exceeded at all places.

The situation was no better during the following Deepavali festival. Noise monitoring at various locations of nine towns including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rayagada, Rourkeal and Angul was undertaken during day and night time of the pre, during and post festival period.

The result showed that noise level in silence, residential and commercial areas exceeded the norms both pre and during the Deepavali.

Moreover, the ambient air quality was monitored at 22 locations in sensitive, residential and industrial areas in the festive period of Deepavali. Analysis revealed that although there was an increase in concentration of Sulpher Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide these still remained within the prescribed standards but concentration of particulate matter and suspended particulate matters exceeded the stipulated standards during the entire period.

Similarly, Mahanadi, Kathajodi and Kuakhai rivers were polluted by devotees by various activities during Kartika Purnima and idol immersion of Goddess Durga. Water samples were analysed from Mahanadi and Kathajodi rivers at Cuttack during pre and post Kartika Purnima to assess the bacteriological water quality of these rivers due to mass bathing.

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