At a time when there is growing concern about protecting the Victoria Memorial Hall from environmental degradation, 'The Bengal Smoke Nuisance Act, 1905', an Act that was introduced by the British to protect the monument has completed a century. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) and Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH), Kolkata arranged for a ceremonious meeting to mark the 'Centennial of the Bengal Smoke Nuisance Act, 1905'. The programme was held at Prince Hall, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata on May 5, 2005. Justice V.S. Sirpurkar, the Hon'ble Chief Justice, Calcutta High Court graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The Hon'ble Minister-in-charge, Deptts. of Information Technology & Environment, Shri Manabendra Mukherjee also presided over the function.