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HC questions state’s data of no noise pollution during festivals

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Coming down heavily on the data submitted by the state government that there was no noise pollution in several parts of the state during Navratri and Diwali, the Bombay High Court asked the state government not to release such laughable data.

“If all this data is made public people will laugh at you,” said the court when they were presented with data of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Solapur, Aurangabad and Nagpur that there were zero violations during Diwali. There was no data for Mumbai.

In the month of October, the court had asked the government to collect data of action taken against breaches of noise pollution rules in various municipal corporations during the two festivals.

“It is unbelievable that there is no noise pollution. So do we take it that at all these places are free of noise pollution?” They questioned whether noise was measured with equipment as all the figures are zero. “Are your officers deaf?” asked the court. The bench has asked that the police officers designated with responsibility under the rules, remain present in court on December 15.

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