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Friday, June 25, 2010

High Court orders JSPCB to file an affidavit

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The Jharkhand High Court has asked the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board to file an affidavit in response to a Public Interest Litigation by Gokul Chand - the reports from local media say. After hearing of the case the Chief Justice Mr. Sushil Harkauli and Justice Mr. D.N.Patel asked the bord to declare about the steps taken so far and the extent of the man power employed to check sound pollution in Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand, India. The court has also asked whether the Board conducts monitoring of sound pollution on regular basis.

The condition of pollution in Ranchi has reached to the alarming level. Out of all the pollution the condition of air pollution too, especially in urban areas has gone far beyond the acceptable limit. Traffic jams, use of pressure horns and other horns of strange and high pitched sound by bikers and four wheelers, sound pollution during celebrations and poojas etc. cause sound pollution of dangerously high levels but the administration, as per reports has never taken any step for control nor any regulatory directives has ever been announced or circulated so far.

It is reported that the state Pollution Control Board has now started conducting tests on sound pollution and it is also reported that the monitoring of sound pollution is to be conducted by the board on a monthly basis. A sound pollution monitoring programme was conducted by the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board on 26 May 2010 and the record so obtained are tabled below –

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