During the ongoing festival of Thrissur Pooram, low decibel fireworks will be allowed, said the Kerala High Court. The mega festival has been exempted from the ban following Kollam Puttingal temple tragedy which happened on Sunday, claiming over 100 lives. This festival is very famous in Kerala, majorly for its parade of elephants and drummers. The festival will include fireworks, but the High Court ordered that no unauthorized chemical will be used in the fireworks and the sound level should not exceed 125 decibel. Exposure to less than 125 decibel may result in hearing loss, but above 125 may cause pain.
Thrissur Pooram is a festival which is held 270 km from the capital of Thiruvananthapuram, will be ending on Sunday. It also includes a procession of 100 decked out elephants and melam, which is a drumming competition. Like it happens in other festivals, a lavish display of fireworks is always a part of the grand celebrations, but following the recent tragedy, the traditional competition between the teams has been banned. The traditional competition is being held between Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples where each of them show off whose fireworks is the loudest. Also, petrol pumps will remain closed in the area as a safety measure.
The festival is on and will end on April 18. The bench had to hear the plea from Paramekkavu and Thirvambadi, as they are the ones who fund this festival, they sought permission to hold the display of the fireworks.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, earlier said that his government is against the complete ban on the fireworks in the state. He said, “We cannot completely ban the fireworks in the state. Chemicals used in the fireworks need to be checked, disastrous materials should not be allowed. My government will also approach the Kerala High Court to get relaxation in the ban during the Thrissur Pooram.”
Kerala will be soon voting for its government in the month of May.