Status of ambient noise pollution during Deepawali in India

Deepawali is certainly the biggest and the brightest festivals of India. It's the festival of lights. Burning of firecrackers is the major concern and questions on the environmental and health impact. The high decibel noise of firecrackers triggers the problems like annoyance, hypertension, stress, hearing loss, and sleep disturbances. Under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 notified by Ministry of Enviromnent & Forests was last amended in January 2010. Central Pollution Control Board has laid down Real Time National Ambient Noise Monitoring Network, 2011 covering seven cities (Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore). This document provides status of real time noise monitoring during predeepawali and Deepawali period. It also includes information on instrumentation involved in its implementation relating to noise measurement and its impact on human health.