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IMC deaf to Treasure Island noise

THE STINK raised by groundwater contamination has eventually forced the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to slap a notice on Treasure Island, giving the owners a week to clean up their sewage discharge act.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 00:33 IST

THE STINK raised by groundwater contamination has eventually forced the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to slap a notice on Treasure Island, giving the owners a week to clean up their sewage discharge act.

Civic body mandarins are, however, taking the ‘softly, softly’ approach in tackling other grievances, particularly noise emission levels spawned by the multiplex.

More than three months after inhabitants of adjoining residential enclaves complained that high decibel levels emanating from Treasure Island had made nocturnal rest impossible, the Corporation is yet to take corrective action.

Meanwhile, the forced insomnia has led to several persons developing sleep disorders. The problem is particularly acute in Megh and Amber Apartment blocks, part of the Shangrila Apartments Co-op Housing Society located less than 50 metres away to the rear of the multiplex.

“We have been forced to spend sleepless nights for the past two years as a result of the noise generated by the multiplex’s captive power plant and other heavy machinery installed outside the building,” says Manish Talati, chartered civil and structural consultant.

The unremittingly high noise levels have resulted in several people developing disorders like sleep apnea and nervous problems brought about by insufficient sleep, he adds. “Children and the elderly are particularly badly affected and simply cannot sleep because of the noise,” the consultant pointed out.

“The eastern part of our building is receiving direct humming noise and the western part is receiving an echo due to rebounding sound. The constant noise is very disturbing for children, especially those preparing for exams”. Talati says he decided to get the noise tested with the help of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) after a complaint to the Treasure Island management elicited no response.

“The average noise level of the transformer recorded by the MPPCB from 10.35 pm to 10.45 pm was 55.7, way above the permissible nighttime levels of 45 decibels”. This is, however, contradicted by Treasure Island developer Manish Kalani, who claims that the noise levels are below permissible limits.

“We have got the electrical transformers checked from the Electrical Company M/s Voltamp Lt who have confirmed that after measurement of the sound that the sound level is below 45 decibels, below the transformer point, which is legal limit and hence according to them their equipment is in order,” says Kalani. ‘‘We have approached Municipal Corporation for making the acoustic treated wall around the transformer to further reduce the sound level,” he added.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 00:33 IST