Kolkata: Ahead of secondary and higher secondary examinations in West Bengal, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) on Saturday banned the use of loudspeakers in residential areas and around schools. In a notification, the board said the ban will come in force three days prior to the commencement of the examinations and remain till the end. Also Read - Ahead of State Board Exams, UP Police Launches 'Anti-Noise' Helpline for Students

The ban, which has been a regular practice during the two board exams for the past couple of years, aims at ensuring minimum sound pollution to help students prepare for the tests, a WBPCB official said.

Apart from that, police have also announced four numbers where students can call or WhatsApp to report inconvenience caused by loud music or loudhailers during board exams.

Calcutta police commissioner Anuj Sharma announced the numbers on social media on Saturday morning and wished students all the best for their exams.

The secondary (Madhyamik) examination will be held from February 18 to 27, while the higher secondary (Uchha Madhyamik) examination from March 12 to 27. Meanwhile, the ISC exams started on Friday and the CBSE Class X and XII exams started on Saturday.

In a similar move, the UP Police on Friday too launched a campaign to crack down on noise pollution, so that the students don’t get disturbed while studying.

Those getting disturbed by any kind of noise pollution can just dial the helpline number, 112, which will be available till March 31. The first-of-its-kind service aims to provide “a better environment for children to study”, the police said on Saturday.