PANAJI: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has enlisted the help of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), a CSIR lab, to conduct noise mapping in an effort to reduce the threat of noise pollution in the coastal state.
In this context, the GSPCB and CRRI organized a workshop on Noise Mapping, Hotspot Identification, and Mitigation Measures on Thursday in advance of the Sunburn electronic dance music (EDM) event, which begins the following week.
The workshop covered a range of topics related to noise, including mapping the noise and locating noise hotspots throughout the state.
At the workshop’s opening, Dr. Manoranjan Parida, Director of CRRI, gave an overview of the different mitigation strategies that Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Hong Kong have put into practice. The CRRI will carry out the Noise Mapping project for the duration of one year.
The project’s goal is to create noise maps of Goa’s cities that show hotspot areas and equivalent daytime and nighttime noise levels.
The work scope involves gathering primary data, such as traffic volume, vehicle speed, road characteristics, building layouts, topographical and metrological data for the creation of a noise map, and suggestions for mitigating noise pollution will be made throughout the project.
Mahesh Patil, the chairman of the GSPCB, said that addressing noise pollution requires a strong grasp of both science and law. He said that in order to monitor noise in beach areas, the GSPCB had installed twelve noise meters. He was hoping that the noise mapping project would provide an accurate image of the state’s noise pollution.