Deepavali impact: TASMAC sales, pollution on a high

Deepavali impact: TASMAC sales, pollution on a high

Liquor sales through the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) netted a revenue of around Rs 356 crore for the government during the Deepavali weekend.

On Saturday, TASMAC’s sales touched Rs 135 crore. The day before Deepavali, it registered sales of Rs 108 crore. And on Sunday, the sales stood at around Rs 130 crore, it is learnt.

According to official sources, on an average, TASMAC sees liquor sales of Rs. 50-60 crore on week days and Rs. 80-90 crore on weekends.

Meanwhile, particulate matters in air quality and noise level in residential and commercial areas in Chennai this Diwali were higher than the limit prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

A study by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board said particulate matters in air quality in residential areas of Triplicane, Besant Nagar, Nungambakkam and Sowcarpet and commercial places like Thiagaraya Nagar on October 29 ranged from 102 to 178 micrograms, higher than CPCB’s prescribed limit of 100 micrograms to measure Ambient Air Quality.

However, the presence of gaseous pollutions and nitrogen dioxide in these areas ranged between nine and 19 micrograms, well within the prescribed standard of 80 micrograms,