BMC to map noise levels in city
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The BMC environment status report last year recorded very high levels of noise in the city.
A senior official said, "Noise levels in 2011-12 were around 63 decibels during the day and around 78 decibels at night, much higher than the permissible limit of 50 and 40 decibels. The civic body is currently in the process of inviting firms to measure noise levels in the city."
The scientific study will be carried out in residential, industrial and congested areas, silence zones, areas around schools, colleges and hospitals and at traffic junctions.
"We have invited firms for a detailed noise analysis which will also include suggestions for noise mitigation," said an official.
"The study will help the civic administration plan and implement stringent rules to prevent noise pollution," he said.
This is, however, not the first time the civic body has made ambitious plans to map noise levels.
Two years ago, a high-level delegation of then municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar, MMRDA commissioner Rahul Asthana, principal secretary in the urban development department T C Benjamin and officials from other state-level agencies visited Italy to study and inspect sound barrier technologies and management of noise pollution.
MMRDA then installed sound barriers at Bandra-Kurla Complex on a pilot basis in 2010 which, officials claimed, reduced noise levels in adjoining buildings.
However, activists said the technology stopped flow of light and air in many places.
Flat-mates kill cook in Antop Hill
A 35-year-old man was allegedly killed by his two flat-mates in Antop Hill Wednesday night after a drunken argument. The accused were arrested Thursday.
Police said Bam Bahadur lived in a flat with four others, including accused Sunil Manbahadur (26) and Raj Acharya (27), in sector 5, Antop Hill.
All the men worked as cooks in private catering firms. Police said at 11.30 pm Thursday, Bahadur, Manbahadur and Acharya were returning home from a country liquor bar near Kopri Junction in Antop Hill, when they began to argue over money the victim owed to the accused. The argument continued at home.
At one point, the accused and the victim began abusing each other and Bahadur allegedly shoved one. The landlord intervened and ordered them to keep quiet, but the three men would not be silenced and began to bicker again around midnight.
When other flatmates intervened, they left the house.
Early next morning, Sunil Thapa, one of the men living in the flat, found Bahadur lying near a water tank, allegedly bludgeoned with a stone. He was rushed to KEM Hosptial, where he was declared dead before arrival.
"We caught Manbahadur and Acharya and produced them before a magistrate. They have been charged with murder and remanded in police custody till February 14,"said sub-inspector S Munde.