With the ear-splitting firing of crackers still some months way, the National Green Tribunal has advanced a timely warning with the stark message that the police have initiated no effective action to curb noise pollution in the city and the rest of West Bengal. Not to put too fine a point on it, the police, the Pollution Control Board and the NGT are equally to blame for the burgeoning noise pollution, most particularly during the immersion ceremony of the Puja season. The problem has spawned grave health complications, prompting the NGT bench of Justice B. Amit Sthalekar and the expert member, Saibal Dasgupta to bin the effort by the police to monitor noise pollution as “an eyewash”. (Read More)
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