Varanasi: This news may be a breath-giver to many and may be a lesson for many of the state governments of India. Varanasi is going to be the first district of India where the people suffering from the menace of Generator’s noise will be able to get rid of it by registering complaint with a police station. Earlier, the people used to run from pillar to post for years and even dozens of visits to the Pollution Control Board did not yield results. Acting on memorandum from Satya Foundation (an organization that has been actively campaigning for reducing the decibel level of holy city for the last 4 years), the Inspector General of Police, Shri R.P. Singh has written to the DIG in this regard. Now, the police shall give notice to the owner of such noisy (read Canopy less) generators and ask them to install canopy within 15 days and if they don’t do so, case would be registered under Environment Protection Act-1986 (imprisonment up to 5 years or fine up to Rs. 1 lakh or both).
Though, the Varanasi Police does not have the Decibel meter, it is proven fact that any generator without canopy produces sound of 100 db or more. Hence, the police can take direct action without the involvement of State Pollution Control Board, was the logic put forward by Satya Foundation. ”The IG Police took the letter in a very positive spirit & hopefully, Varanasi may prove to be a role model for the rest of the country,” told Chetan Upadhyaya, the founder Secretary of Satya Foundation. It is worth mentioning that after consistent efforts by Satya Foundation at multiple levels, the police lodged first FIR against Noise pollution in 2009 and since then, so many cases have been already registered against Band, D.J. and marriage lawns for noise beyond fixed limits. Varanasi owes this success to the prompt police-administration, the proactive media, students and the common man on the street.