National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) along with Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) have conducted a noise pollution ratio study in the city. This study had done by monitoring the vehicular sounds, honking and sound when a vehicle speeds up.
In the first week of January itself the study started at 55 different locations in the city out of which 10 are reported to be the noisiest localities in town. The list of the most noisiest part of city starts from Itwari being on the first place, then Dharampeth, Variety Square, Indora Square, Trimurti Nagar, Nagdev Mandir, Neeri gate, Trisharan Chowk, Vitthal Nagar and Sakkardara Lake Garden.
The monitoring was done at the commercial areas for 48 hours, 24 hours with traffic and working crowd on Saturday and 24 hours in the non working hours which was on Sunday. Around 1.72 lakhs readings were recorded at one location.
The same study has been conducted in more than 25 cities of Maharashtra State before Nagpur. In Mumbai itself the study was done at 15 locations of which the decibels are being analysed now.
NEERI has also completed country’s first noise pollution monitoring with the help of a bicycle. It was a real time mapping study, which suggested that the noise pollution in Nagpur is beyond its permissible limits.
The study suggests that the sound pollution being caused by vehicles in the city could be harmful for the people.