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Code for noise complaint

Each complaint with the pollution control board about noise- norm violation during Diwali will be tagged with a unique number to help the complainant follow up the case.

The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting chaired by environment minister Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar and attended by environment secretary R.P.S. Kahlon, director-general of police Naparajit Mukherjee, city police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda, additional police commissioner Debasish Roy, green board chairman Binay Kanti Dutta and member-secretary Sandipan Mukherjee.

Sabuj Mancha, a forum of green organisations, has long been demanding that each complaint of noise-norm violation be identified with a unique docket number.

Mancha members met board chairman Dutta and environment secretary Kahlon earlier in the day and tabled a series of suggestions, including numbering each complaint.

“We have decided to give a unique code to each complaint,” said environment secretary Kahlon.

“I am happy that most of our demands have been accepted,” said Mancha convener Naba Dutta.

“A friend had called the PCB from Hazra to lodge a complaint on Ashtami. Clearly his complaint was not registered as the PCB head later said only one complaint, from Mogra, had come during Durga puja. Had there been a docket number, the complainant could have pursued the case.”

The meeting also decided to arrange for more noise-measuring instruments than last year and empower Sabuj Mancha or any other voluntary group to lodge complaints on behalf of those who cannot directly call the board.

Around 20 teams of the pollution control board will be on the road on Diwali night to monitor violations. Three teams from Sabuj Mancha, too, will scan the city on Diwali.

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