KOLKATA: Diwali turned out to be decidedly noisier than Kali Puja as the decibel count crept up steadily as the evening progressed on Sunday. Though both Kolkata Police and state pollution control board officials patrolled the streets on both days, the sheer number of crackers that surfaced on Diwali failed the efforts that appeared to have borne fruit the previous evening. However, the noise level during the twin festivities this year was lower than recent past when decibel levels had frequently breached the 90dB limit.
On Sunday, noise was in check till at least 8.30pm, raising hopes of a repeat of Kali Puja when sound levels appeared to be under control. But the scene changed dramatically as the night progressed and by 10.30pm, the sound of crackers filled the air. Fears of a noisy weekend following suspicion that banned crackers had been smuggled into the city before the police drive began this year came true on Diwali night.
On Kali Puja evening though, police and PCB officials had kept a strict vigil, forcing down the decibel level as few dared to burst crackers fearing arrest. Though there we re noisy pockets, the city by and large remained civil in celebrating Kali Puja with fireworks and sky lanterns.