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Hry to get its first 3 real-time noise monitoring stns — all in Fbd - Times of India
Gurgaon: In the wake of growing concerns over noise levels breaching permissible limits, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) plans to set up the state’s first three real-time noise level monitoring stations in Faridabad.
Equipped with digital display boards and connected to a centralised networking system, these stations will monitor noise levels continuously for 24 hours and around the year.
Tenders inviting bids are out, and the board will award the work by mid-June. Faridabad is likely to get the three stations by August-end. According to HSPCB, these stations will help formulate an action plan for curbing noise pollution in the coming days. “We have opened the bidding for the project. June 6 is the last date for bids in response to the tender document for three real-time monitoring stations in Faridabad,” HSPCB member secretary S Narayan told TOI.
The HSPCB already has real-time ambient air quality monitoring stations at sectors 16A, 11, 30 and a new industrial area in Faridabad. The noise monitoring stations are likely to come up at three of these locations, but the pollution board is yet to take a final call.
The values of various parameters measured in the noise monitoring stations shall be transferred online automatically and stored in the central server networking system, just like the air quality index data.
The board has taken this initiative out of concerns over the increasing use of automobiles in the region, a primary cause of noise pollution. While noise pollution does not receive as much attention as air and water pollution, it impacts our health. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 1.1 billion young people aged between 12–35 years are at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure.
Faridabad is the only Haryana district on the non-attainment cities’ list of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which means its air did not meet the national ambient air quality standards from 2011 to 15. So, it will be the first district to get the noise monitoring stations because the long-term plan is to ensure that, along with air pollution, noise pollution gets monitored for further analysis and creating a road map to curb the problems together.
According to the noise standards for ambient air and automobiles, domestic appliances and construction equipment, notified in Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, the limit is 55 decibels (dB) in residential areas, 65 dB in commercial areas, and 75 dB in industrial areas. Near sensitive areas such as hospitals, noise levels should not exceed 45 dB. At night, the limit is 45 dB in residential areas, 55dB in commercial areas, and 70 dB in industrial areas.
“This new project will help our department prepare a database, identify the dangerous sources of noise pollution and take adequate action,” said an HSPCB officer. The plan is to expand the project to Gurgaon, as well.
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