The Bombay High Court was informed by the Maharashtra state government that all the police stations will be fully equipped with decibel meters to have a check on all the Ganpati Pandals in order to reduce noise pollution in the state.
Already, an order for 1,843 meters has been placed with a UK company which will supply the meters by the month of August end. The company will be giving three years warranty and maintenance.
Abhinandan Vagyani, the lawyer from the government side told the court about the same.
The government has allocated Rs 32 crores for the above purpose.
The Bombay High Court ordered the state government to do so in the month of January this year after a PIL was filed by Mahesh Bedekar, a resident of Thane regarding the violation of noise pollution rules during festivals.
Interestingly, , a division bench of justices Abhay Oka and A A Sayed was not satisfied as records indicated that a total of 600 decibel meters had been ordered. Vagyani then clarified to the court that the rest of the meters had already been procured and the details of the purchases will be placed on record.