The city’s sound pollution has been reduced thanks to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). This mission includes the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Jan Akrosh, and other organisations.
NEERI has devised a three-pronged action strategy. This includes decreasing sound pollution at its source, regulating its consequences, and raising public awareness about the problem. The assistance of the transportation department, traffic police, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), and other authorities will be sought.
A meeting was recently held under the chairman ship of NEERI director Dr Atul Vaidya on the initia tive of Jan Akrosh. VNIT director Dr P M Padole, LIT director Dr Raju Walke and Prof Mangesh Bhorkar of G H Raisoni Engineering College, Dr Swarooplaxmi Mudaliar of Ramdeobaba College, Dr Nitin Ambatkar of Priyadarshini College and Dr Aniket Munshi, Dr Dilip Lataye, Dr Pradip Shende and Milind Pathak of Yeshwantrao Chavan College, Jan Akrosh vice-president S K Bhalerao, Ashok
Karandikar, Ravindra Kaskhedikar and Anil Joshi attended it.
Dr Ritesh Vijay, senior chief scientist at NEERI, provided information about various researches done by the agency and appealed to do research to combat sound pollution through their professors. These research works would be fine-tuned by NEERI.
All the proposals would be sent to science & tech nology and change ministries.
‘No Horn Day’
The attendees decided that the third day of every month would be observed as ‘No Horn Day’ with help of the colleges and their students.
Initially the representa tives of these institutions and youngsters would observe this rule. Later support of other sections of society would be taken.
It is worth mentioning here that such action was much needed in the con sidering the drastic rise in the levels of sound pol lution at some busy places in the city. Now, it is to be seen to what level it can be reduced.