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Lessons in curbing noise pollution

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 31, 2012
First Published: 00:40 IST(31/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:42 IST(31/10/2012)

Top environment department officials of the Delhi government on Tuesday gave a presentation before the Capital’s additional commissioners of police (ACPs) and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) on the effective enforcement of measures against noise pollution.

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The government has decided to focus on the effective implementation of the noise pollution (regulation and control) rules, 2000, and check sound levels after 10pm as directed by the Supreme Court. Environment department scientists also taught the nearly 35 ACPs and SDMs present at the meeting how to use noise meters.

“These officers have legal and monitoring powers to curb noise pollution but constant transfers mean they need to be updated regularly. Today's meeting was held to remind them of the need to curb noise pollution,” a top environment department official told HT. “We want to ensure better monitoring and data collection for more effective action plans and stricter enforcement of the rule,” he added.

Environment director Anil Kumar, who made the presentation, said he based it on the existing legislation for noise regulation and control in Delhi and the status of its implementation. MP George, senior scientist of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), briefed officials about noise level monitoring and pollution checks.

“More than enforcement, we need greater awareness among people. We need support from RWAs. Efforts are being made to curb use of generator sets at banquet halls,” said an official who was part of the meeting. He admitted that noise pollution in Delhi was “10-14 decibels higher than the limit of 50 db”. 

Also, ahead of Diwali next month, the government has launched a campaign to curb the use of firecrackers. According to DPCC figures, the average noise level on Diwali in 2010 was 71-82 decibels against an average of 67-85 a year before. In 2011, this figure was comparable to the 2010 noise levels.


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