Monday, 13 May 2013

Noise pollution on the rise in city - Source LT

Maximum on Jalna Road; measured twice a day Action against 55 vehicle owners
Action was taken against 55 vehicle owners for resorting to noise pollution by use of multi horns, playing songs at high volume, removing silencer of vehicles and similar other issues under 19/2 section of the Noise Pollution Act. These vehicle owners were charged Rs 500 fine. -Traffic Branch, ACP Ajit Borhade 
Sound level measured during festivals 
MPCB measures sound levels during Diwali, Ganeshotsav, Navratri and other festive occasions.
- PS Joshi, MPCB Regional officer Maximum on Jalna Road; measured twice a day

City has crossed noise limits laid down by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The noise pollution should not exceed 45 decibels during the night and 55 decibels in the day in residential areas of the city as per pollution board norms . However, the noise pollution has increased beyond this limit, informed sources. 
MPCB had conducted a survey of noise pollution in various cities of the state. The findings of this survey have been published in the economic survey report of 2012-13. According to the survey, Aurangabad city has already crossed the limit. The noise level in Cidco N-4 area was 61.8 decibels in the day and 62.6 decibels during the night while the noise levels in various parts of the city were around 68 decibels. This shows that the noise pollution in residential areas is high.
Noise levels in areas like Tilak path, Connaught, Gulmandi, central bus stand, railway station, TV centre, Bibi ka Maqbara, Paan Chakki and Government Medical College and Hospital have increased beyond the stipulated limits. Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and MPCB are not taking any initiatives to keep noise levels within limits, allege environmentalists. 
Vehicles are culprits
City has more than 12 lakh vehicles. Problems of traffic jams and traffic management have come to the fore with the increased number of vehicles. Noise levels due to vehicles is the most on Jalna road. Number of college students, honking horns and driving vehicles at high speed, has increased. These students are seen changing their horns with low noise level to multi-horn types leading to noise levels shooting beyond 70 decibels. 
No measures taken
AMC and MPCB have not implemented any measures to put a tab on increasing noise pollution. Silence zones in areas with hospitals, schools, colleges have remained only for namesake, people said.

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