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Green brigade frowns on Amit Shah's welcome with 10,000 motorbikes

IANS  |  Pune/Mumbai 

Some Pune-based environmentalists on Wednesday objected to a planned welcome rally with 10,000 motorcyles in the honour of (BJP) President in this week.


In a legal notice to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), activists Asim Sarode and Vishwambhar Choudhary have said that such a rally would create huge traffic problems as well as troubles for the commuters.

Besides, the motorcycles vrooming across the city would create avoidable air and noise pollution, which would be compounded by traffic snarls, congestion and more noise with people blaring their vehicle horns, they pointed out.

"Such unwarranted rallies need to be checked, and as it is not part of any inevitable pollution, the MPCB needs to measure air and noise levels during the rally on June 16," said Sarode and Choudhary in their legal notice.

They urged the MPCB to measure the noise and air pollution levels at least four hours before, during and four hours after the rally and make its findings public.

For causing noise pollution and disturbing the ambient air quality to make it toxic, the MPCB must lodge suitable complaints against the rally organisers, they demanded.

"If the MPCB fails in filing their mandatory legal responsibility, we will be compelled to approach the Bombay High Court or the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune, for seeking environmental justice in the larger public interest," warned the activists.

Shah is planning to come on a three-day visit to from Thursday as part of the third anniversary celebrations of the government at the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 20:00 IST