After the Deepavali festival was celebrated in the state for the first time after the Supreme Court order on the two hour window came into force, it has emerged that air pollution levels dipped across Tamil Nadu.
The state pollution control board has said that pollution levels dipped across Tamil Nadu during the festival, during which people burst firecrackers.
Meanwhile, police have filed over 1,000 cases against those who burst firecrackers in violation of the two-hour time frame.
Local police stations in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts witnessed tense moments after those violating the time slot were taken to the stations. According to the officials, violators were taken to the police station and released after issuing a warning.
A 12-year-old boy died while bursting firecrackers in Namakkal district, the police said. The son of a daily wage labourer, the boy sustained injuries in the chest when a ecracker exploded.
“We booked only adults who failed to follow the instructions and released them on bail,” a police officer said.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu pollution control board, which had installed equipment for monitoring air quality, plans to submit a report before the apex court.
The study would calculate the time it took for the pollution in the air to subside.
From this, the Board would also measure Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), in addition to PM 10, to assess the amount of fine particulate matter in the air post-festival. Until 2017, officials had only measured the amount of PM 10, Nitrous oxide (N2O) and Sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the air.