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GPCB measured noise pollution in 2020
Gandhinagar: The COVID-19 pandemic last year had deprived people of Navratri festivities such as garba and Durga Puja pandals. However, permission for low-key celebrations in residential societies was granted by the state government this year.
The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) conducted a noise pollution survey in 2020 and recently released a report of its findings.
The board measured noise pollution during the nine-day festival across various locations in the state. In its annual report, the GPCB has mentioned that it has not taken into account the few locations that did not hold garba events.
Noise pollution levels of residential societies, residential-cum-commercial complexes and commercial complexes, where garba events were organized were mentioned in the report. According to the board, commercial property in Ahmedabad -- Rajpath Club-- had a noise level of 46.47 decibel (1) average recorded on October 17, 2020.
In 2019, noise pollution level recorded by the GPCB at this location was 76.9 decibel (A), on October 2, 2019, which happened to be one of the Navratri days. The report of 2019 had not recorded pollution levels at a few locations citing rainfall as the reason.
Congress chief spokesperson Manish Doshi raised concern over implementation of the Epidemic Diseases Act in Gujarat. “How come the report takes into account Navratri noise pollution when garba was banned under the Act? This means that the government must have allowed garba to be held at some places.
Honestly, the GPCB is nothing but a fund collection organization of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” alleged Doshi.
He further termed the GPCB as “one of the most corrupted boards in Gujarat”.
“Be it any responsibility entrusted to the GPCB, they are not doing it right. The officials of the department are only interested in making quick money. The government must check records for the past decade and expel corrupt officers, who have contributed to escalated pollution levels in the state,” he asserted.