Noise, air pollution levels on the rise: Statistics

Noise, air pollution levels on the rise: Statistics

Noise and air pollution levels are steadily increasing across the City, going by statistics provided by the Transport department. In fact, in the last month alone, there has been a 20 per cent rise in cases booked against polluting vehicles.  

In November, the department checked as many as 96,696 goods and passenger vehicles
for air pollution and booked cases against 2,000 people. 1,593 vehicles were seized for non-compliance and penalty of Rs 4,98,200 was collected. In case of noise pollution, 37,092 vehicles were checked, cases were booked against 784 vehicles and penalty of Rs 2,99,300 was collected.

Meanwhile, even though the Transport department encouraged people to complain against polluting vehicles by providing relevant RTO numbers for people to report cases, not a single complaint was received.

“We do not know why people have not filed complaints. It is very sad that people come across such cases but do not report it,” said Narendra L Holker, Joint Commissioner for Transport, Bengaluru Urban and Rural.

After regular checks, we have detected 20 to 30 per cent more vehicles causing air and noise pollution, he added.

Adding to this, Maruti Sambrani, Joint Commissioner for Transport (Environment and e-Governance), Bengaluru, said: “We also conducted a drive across the City to check emission testing centres. Of the 288 centres we inspected, 76 were defective. Of this, we cancelled the licence of ten centres, suspended the licences of two centres, issued caution notices to 10 centres, penalised 26 centres and results of 28 are still underway.”
Speaking on the issue, an official from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board added, “Though the number of cases booked are less, the City air quality is very low.

Also, faulty emission testing centres mean more polluting vehicles are moving freely. More such checks should be done and people should come forward and complain against polluting vehicles.”

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