Nights will soon be less noisy for those living close to airports. Noise pollution control will be imposed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport first, and later, at all airports in the country.
Thanks to a petition by Vasant Kunj residents in the Delhi High Court, complaining against the noise they had to put up with every night, as over 200 aircraft landed and took off from the airport nearby, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have joined hands to set limits for the amount of noise airports in India can make.
They had to do so after Justice S. Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, responding to the petition, directed the Centre to fix the problem at the earliest. “We are looking at the standards best suited for Indian conditions, as replicating western standards may not be viable,” said CPCB chairperson S.P. Gautam.
The standard will prescribe maximum noise pollution an airport can produce. “Once the standards are notified landing will be allowed only if the aircraft has necessary sound reducing equipment,” said a senior DGCA official.
The DGCA also will set up noise pollution monitoring stations at the airports.