Police, MPCB To Monitor Noise Levels In PMC And PCMC During Ganeshotsav

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.

Disaster Management Plan For Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad

PUNE: The district administration will soon implement a plan to provide emergency medical aid to victims of disasters and accidents. Nineteen hospitals in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and surrounding areas have been identified under the disaster management plan.
District collector Chandrakant Dalvi said, “The plan will help send medical relief teams to the spot from the nearest hospital within 20 minutes. At present, there is no such system in place. Therefore, in case of calamities, most patients are sent all the way to the Sassoon hospital. In the process, precious time needed to save life, called golden hour’, is lost.”
As per the plan, the PMC, the PCMC and surrounding areas have been divided into multiple zones. Each major hospital in the respective area has been given the charge of addressing such incidents in that area.
Each identified hospital is expected to appoint a co-ordinating officer and set up a separate helpline under the plan. ON receiving the communication, the hospital will send a medical relief team to the spot within 20 minutes.
The team will conduct primary triage at the site, classifications and transport the patients to the near hospital as per need. The transport will be organised of other patients to hospitals as well. Secondary triage will be done and subsequently the patients will be send to other hospitals like Sassoon.
As per the plan, the aim is to clear the site within 2 hours of the incident. Hospitals will be given alert about the incident through the police or district disaster management cell situated at the district collectorate.
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Pune Bakery Blast Investigations By ATS Gone Wrong: Maharashtra DGP

PUNE: The Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) D Sivanandan has admitted that the investigations by the state ATS into the February 13 German Bakery terror attack have gone wrong.
“The ATS has to study the case scientifically and collect evidence to identify the group behind the attack”, he said, talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function on Tuesday night.
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Maharashtra Govt Sanctions Rs 14 Lakh To Rebuild Pune’s German Bakery

PUNE: Maharashtra government has sanctioned and handed over an amount of Rs 14 lakh as financial assistance to rebuild the German Bakery, the popular eatery bombed in the February 13 terror attack.
A cheque for the amount was given to the eatery owner Smita Kharose by the Pune Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar here in the presence of the district collector Chandrakant Dalvi, an official release said today.
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Terror Aftermath: Pune’s German Bakery To Get Compensation

PUNE: The government of Maharashtra has decided to give a compensation of Rs 14,23,500 for loss or property to owners of the German Bakery, which was rocked by a bomb blast on February 13, killing 17 people and injuring 65.
The bakery had suffered heavy property losses during the blast. The district administration on Thursday said that the compensation will be given in a few days.
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Terror Aftermath: Pune’s German Bakery To Get Compensation

PUNE: The government of Maharashtra has decided to give a compensation of Rs 14,23,500 for loss or property to owners of the German Bakery, which was rocked by a bomb blast on February 13, killing 17 people and injuring 65.
The bakery had suffered heavy property losses during the blast. The district administration on Thursday said that the compensation will be given in a few days.
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