West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) on Monday distributed 205 sophisticated noise meters, along with calibrators, among police units in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) to take evidence-based action against violators of noise rule. During the distribution, PCB remembered the contribution of Gitanath Ganguly, the indefatigable crusader against noise pollution, who was instrumental in the Calcutta High Court’s landmark order against noise pollution.
The device, PCB scientists said, generates irrefutable document detailing the violation along with the specific time and place. PCB has sought monthly compliance report from various police stations under the units to ensure a widespread usage of the devices. However, PCB expects its proper usage during December 31 and January 1 revelry when DJ music becomes rampant.
Earlier, the pollution control board had distributed 540 noise-monitoring devices among cops in KMA just before the festive season. However, their usage has been contentious with cops being hardly seen with the devices. Many police stations across the city claimed to have not received any such device. “That’s why we are asking monthly compliance report from the units that have received the devices. The compliance report will detail the number of cases and sections, under which the accused are booked, and follow-up actions taken by the police. Each device along with calibrator costs Rs 55,000,” said WBPCB chairman Kalyan Rudra.
The sound-level meter (SLM-04) developed by Webel, a state-owned PSU, has on board GPS receiver to record date, time and location and other information regarding the violation. Environmental group Sabju Mancha has already forwarded the names of habitual violators, particularly six banquet halls at Bangur Avenue, VIP Road, Salt Lake and south Kolkata, where the noise rules are violated in the name of DJ music.
“We are procuring more such devices to equip 731 police stations with two devices each. Moreover, we have noise monitoring stations in each district. Currently, ambient noise level is measured only in the city by 10 stations,” said PCB member secretary Rajesh Kumar.
Source: Times of India