Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 12:46
Highest noise pollution reported in Galle and Matara - a research reveals.
A survey conducted by the University of Ruhuna states that the noise pollution levels in Galle and Matara cities are the highest in the province.
Under the National Environmental Act Number 47 of 1980, a maximum degree of 70 decibels only is allowed within a city area, but this level in Galle and Matara cities have been reported between 80 to 85 decibels.
Under the same Act, the noise level in a city with a high density population should limit to 63 decibels but in certain such city areas in the South, this level has even gone upto 80 decibels.
The same survey reveals that the noise pollution in certain public buses even goes upto 90 decibels.
A professor and two lecturers attached to the Biological Department of the Ruhuna University involved in conducting the survey.
One of the lecturers Dr. J.A.P. Bodhika told our news team that certain residents who exposed to this high degree of noise could be vulnerable to hearing defects, heart ailments, stress and disability to hear minute sounds.
Our news team contacted the Environmental Authority Director General Saranga Alahapperuma to comment on this matter.
He said necessary regulations under the Control of Noise Harassment Act of 1996 have been introduced.
He also said that new laws will be introduced soon to control the high degree of vehicle noise within city areas.