If you keep your neighbourhood awake by playing loud music, you might be inviting trouble.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has joined hands with the Delhi Police to check noise pollution in the city. Their first step in the direction will include a 24 x 7 noise pollution helpline.
Residents can call up and lodge complaints about the decibel overload from temples, religious gatherings, banquet halls or a loud party next door.
The helpline employees will forward the complaints to the station house officer (SHO) of the area who will initiate immediate action. First-time offenders will be let off with a warning but those who are found flouting the rule more than once, will risk having their equipment seized.
The committee decided on introducing a helpline to register complaints so that the ban on loud auditory input can be checked. Decibel levels should be under control between 10 pm and 6 am as ordered by the Supreme Court. The committee insists that they'd check the noise pollution in the day as well.
Currently, people complain to the police directly but no record is maintained about the action taken in response. One of the primary responsibilities of the helpline will be to maintain such a record for better documentation of the noise pollution situation in the city.
"We had asked Delhi Police if people could call 100 but they declined saying that it was already being over-utilised and was not equipped to offer any additional services," said a senior DPCC official.
All formalities are expected to be completed in the coming two months. The helpline will aim to address noise emanating from permanent sources such as buildings and temples.
However, problems of honking or wedding possessions on the roads will not be entertained since by the time the police reach the spot, the source might have already been done away with. "No citizen should suffer discomfort because of noise, be it during the day or night. Why should people be forced to stay awake because the nearby temple is organising a special puja?" questioned the official.