Kalyan cops to get 25 deci­bel meters from KDMC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Sa­jana Nam­biar

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.

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