Following the Calcutta High Court’s order the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) officials were present in Eden Gardens on Wednesday to measure the level of sound produced during an Indian Premier League cricket match.
The authorities of Kolkata Knight Riders and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had moved to the Court after the WBPCB didn’t give permission to hold certain events during the match as those violates norms that to be followed in a “silence zone”.
The Court on Wednesday directed the WBPCB authorities to be present in the Eden Gardens to measure the level of sound produced during the programme. According to an official of the WBPCB, the city has been divided into various zones that include industrial zone, residential zone and silence zone. The level of sound that needs to be maintained based on the zone under which an area is situated. The places where there are important administrative installations, hospitals, schools and colleges are silence zones. Eden Garden also falls under silence zone as it is situated close to the West Bengal Assembly.
Thus, WBPCB cannot give permission to organise any programme in Eden Gardens that violates the regulation. The official said that the permission was not given last time as well. But KKR and CAB authorities had moved to the Court to get permission. This year again they moved to the Court when WBPCB didn’t allow them to hold certain events. The Court this time ordered WBPCB officials to
measure the level of sound produced during those events.
The officials will be in the stadium with portable instruments to measure the level of sound at regular interval. The level of sound will also be noted when there will be fireworks in the stadium.
A report will be prepared based on the reading taken by the officials and it will be placed before the Court.