Gensets being used without canopy lead to noise pollution due to which residents are forced to face inconvenience.
Karan Manchanda, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, said "Residents are annoyed with the fair going on at the ground in Rajguru Nagar market, as the fare is on till late hours that disturb our sleep."
Harshdeep Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, said "Directions have been given regarding the use of canopy on generators, but mostly people don't go by the rules. Gensets can be seen without canopy in factories too. Authorities should keep a check on these activities to prevent noise pollution."
Ludhiana Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) chief environmental officer Gulshan Rai said, "Use of gensets without canopy is totally illegal as per the guidelines."
In 2011, under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986), the maximum permissible sound pressure level for new diesel generator (DG) sets with rated capacity up to 1,000 KVA, manufactured on or after the January 1, 2005 shall be 75 dB(A) at 1metre from the enclosure surface.
The diesel generator sets should be provided with integral acoustic enclosure at the manufacturing stage itself and generators cannot be run without covering it with canopy. Commissioner of police Pramod Ban was not available for comments.