Kalyan cops to get 25 decibel meters from KDMC
KALYAN: The municipal corporation has plans to monitor noise level in the two cities.
Following several complaints on the increasing noise pollution in the twin cities, The KalyanDombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has decided to give the police 25 decibel meters.
In its recent general body meeting, the KDMC sanctioned the proposal to acquire 25 devices that would be given to the local police to act against complaints.
The civic body will spend Rs52.87 lakh for the devices. “The proposal has been sanctioned and the decibel meters will be purchased soon. This will help the local police keep a track on noise level and address complaints,” said a KDMC official,who did not wish to be named.
The noise levels have exceeded the permissible limits in several parts of Kalyan and Dombivli as per the KDMC’s pollution report for 2014-15.
Every year, the KDMC conducts studies at 10 places to check the noise levels.
“Without measuring the noise level, we cannot take action against violators. The devices will be helpful in taking action, especially during the festive season. The noise level in Kalyan and Dombivli has been increasing which needs to be regulated,” said Ravindra Wadekar, assistant commissioner of police, Kalyan traffic.
The permissible noise limit during the day is 55 db and it is 45 db during the night. But records reveal that the noise exceeded these limits at all 10 places surveyed.
The State Transport depot near Kalyan railway station is one of the most crowded places in the city. It recorded noise levels of minimum 60.7 decibels and a maximum of 81.5db during the day, and minimum 53.1 db and maximum 73.4 db B during the night.
“We will bring the noise levels across the city within permissible limits by taking stringent action on those violating norms. One of the major steps is to help the local police with required devices to curb the noise pollution,” said E Ravendiran, KDMC commissioner.
As a part of its efforts to minimise noise pollution, the KDMC in 2012 had identified 833 spots in the city and planned to declare them as silence zones.
However, till date, it has only finalised 14 spots under the category.
“We had proposed 833 silent zones in the city but it was impossible to implement it as it requires a huge amount of manpower. We have only 14 silence zones in our jurisdiction,” said Prasad Thakur, assistant public relations officer, KDMC.