If report about State Pollution Control Board to incorporate sound limiters while permitting public function, meeting and other entertainment programme, people in the state have reason to believe that there are at least some officials in the Board which think for the people of the state.
During discussion hour programme at local television channel, a competent authority of the environment department of the government of Manipur had stated that level of noise pollution in the state is not alarming, what is more alarming is the environment pollution cause by household waste.
Yet everybody knows that the noise created from vehicles both private and public transport vehicles is annoying. Some people in the heart of the city sometime have forgotten that the noise from various vehicles particularly from passenger vehicles is affecting their mental health as most of them seem to be adapted to the kind of noise produced from various engines every single day.
In early 80s, the people residing near Keishampat Power house which was run by diesel generator have to bear the sound of the generator every day. The people residing in and around the Keishampat Electricity office was so adapted to the sound of the generator that after the generator had stopped after getting sufficient power supply from other hydro electric source, there were complaints about some people unable to sleep as they could no longer heard the generator sound.
The kind of effect created by sound was never a concern for that time authorities running the state.
At present too nothing is changing with the level of noise pollution. The decibel level of the noise in Imphal without measuring can be told it is deafening.
All these auto rickshaws, generators which are operated daily as there is no regular power supply and other vehicles of all hues have not only caused noise pollution but also spoilt the environment.
Of late we have seen steel traders moving out of the crowded twin bazaars. Similarly banks cloistered at the busy market areas can be shifted elsewhere.
As the concerned authority envisages to take steps to reduce decibel level of the noise as per reported at one newspaper, the authority much also make sure about the other noise pollutants other than vehicles. With the advancement of technology, carpentry equipments have now been substituted with machines that make a lot of sound.
Civil society organizations and even the entertainers have now realized the impact of the sound to the society probably when examinations of students are in the corner. AMIK an orchestra group had announced that they will stop performing due to the scheduled examination for class X and XII.
Well and good, but what about the sounds created from construction machines of houses at various locality every single day. No authority seems to be checking the kind of disturbances created by them.
If the state pollution control board is serious enough there should also be a provision to check on the noise pollutions created by construction machineries. A regulation so that students and aged people are not disturbed when they are staying at their home is perhaps the need of the hour.
This is being suggested as we know that putting a ban to the use of construction machineries will be impossible but, making some regulations to make sure that local of the surrounding find time to relax is a much. Students are the pillar of the society so as the aged people need respect.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.