In what may not be music to the ears of Kolkatans,a study conducted by ENT specialists has said around 60 per cent of them suffer from deafness to varying degrees caused by noise pollution. The study used a sample of 450 people.
Experts also claimed that research in Mexico City,whose pollution is 25 per cent less than Kolkata,saw human brain affected by exposure to pollution. Again in Denmark where 10 volunteers were kept for 30 minutes in diesel fume-filled room (which is 60 per cent of what is recorded in Kolkata on winter evenings) showed signs of brain cell disorder.
The findings were discussed at a function organised on Saturday by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on pollution and its effects on human life.
The participants were unanimous that environment should be accorded priority. Unless the government takes up the issue of implementing stricter measures,it is impossible to come up with a solution based only on research and development in the medical field. When a pollution removal procedure is started,it becomes a political issue in West Bengal. This needs to be avoided, said Santanu Banerjee,an ENT specialist.