PUNE: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the Pune police have decided to form five teams to monitor noise pollution in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad during the last five days of Ganeshotsav. Noise levels would be recorded at 20 locations during the peak hours of the celebrations from 6 pm to midnight.
A calibrated noise level meter would be used in each of the 20 areas, Kumar said. “Legal action will be initiated against those who violate the noise pollution rules. Citizens with complaints can contact the police control room or the local police station,” he added.
Dnyaneshwar Phadtare, deputy commissioner of police (Zone I), said that, “Out of the five monitoring teams, three will function in Zone I, while Zone II would have two teams. The team members have been trained to operate and handle the noise meter.”
“The noise levels were beyond the permissible limit at all the spots monitored in 2009. The sound levels in Pune ranged between 53.3 dBA and 101.8 dBA. In 2008, the noise levels ranged between 62 dBA and 107 dBA, while in 2007, it ranged between 56.8 dBA and 99.3 dBA,” Shinde said.
This year would have lower noise levels because of the efforts taken by the authorities, Shinde said. “We have conducted various citizen awareness programmes and campaigns to check noise pollution. Any form of violation would attract legal action and all the mandal volunteers are aware of this,” he added.