Issues directions to BBMP, Transport Department, and police

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has issued directions to the police, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Transport Department to take steps to control noise pollution in the city. It was issued in the wake of an order by the Karnataka High Court to the KSPCB to exercise its powers under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, as noise pollution was high in the city. The court order came after the Malleswaram Resident Welfare Association filed a writ petition on the issue.

Meanwhile, the High Court-constituted inter-departmental committee, comprising officials from KSPCB, BBMP, police, Bangalore Development Authority, Transport Department and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, and B.V. Vidylata, the amicus curie, visited Malleswaram in April and May and chalked out the steps needed to address noise pollution.

During the two rounds of meetings of the committee, the BBMP proposed to construct a multi-level car park at Freedom Park and Russel Market, 100 skywalks with lifts/escalators, and grade separators. The civic body said it would also shortly approve a parking policy.

Cases booked

Similarly, the police said it had booked 56, 303 cases for defective silencers, shrill horns and emission of black smoke between 2012 and 2014.