Imphal city records 75.4 decibels noise level

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 1, 2018: Imphal city today recorded a noise level of 75.4 decibels as against the permissible limit of 65 decibels.

A team of Manipur pollution control board checked the noise level at Keishampat in the late morning.

The noise measuring task was launched following notification of banning of using loud noise providing silencers on bikes and vehicles on May 29 by the state pollution control board.

The ban has been imposed keeping in view of the importance and seriousness and in compliance of the Pollution (regulation and control) Rules, 2000 and to regulate and control of noise producing and generating sources in the state, said the notification by L. Radhakishore Singh, chairman of the board.

The board has also written a letter to the director general of Police today to take up necessary action for seizure of vehicles with modified silencers generating loud noise beyond permissible limit particularly by the motor cycles with immediate effect in public interest.

It mentioned that there are several vehicles plying in the state with noisy modified silencers.

Radhakishore warned that those who own noisy vehicles will be fined and punished according to law and even sentence in jail for upto six months.

Pollution will make people abnormal and we will not let the noise cross beyond the noise limit, he added. He appealed those who are responsible in creating vehicles noisy to immediately stop it.

The board targets to measure the noise level in different parts of Imphal city and collect reports of polluting vehicles till September 17. The report collected in 17 days will be submitted to the government, said the chairman.

Saying that noise pollution is not only caused by the modified vehicles, the chairman said the government limits a life span of vehicles of 15 years. However in Manipur aged vehicles which has been using since the 940’s are still used. People fail to respond positively despite appeals not to use old vehicles. “We are also taking up action against old vehicle users,” said Radhakishore. He also appealed the people to support the department so that pollution control would be successful.

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