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Cut sound pollution: HC tells aviation body

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2010 23:21 IST
Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair
Hindustan Times
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There is relief in store for around 60,000 residents of Vasant Kunj and surrounding areas hassled by sound pollution caused by aircraft landing on IGI airport’s newly commissioned third runway.

The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday ordered the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to intervene and take steps to bring noise levels in and around the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in accordance with international standards.

“This court directs that minimum and maximum noise levels be fixed in and around the airport. While the DGCA will monitor noise levels, the CPCB will fix the level in accordance with international standards,” Justice S Muralidhar said.

The judge rejected the DGCA plea to give it two years to implement the directions and asked it to take immediate remedial steps.

High Court quashes FIR against lawyers

The HC on Friday asked eight lawyers allegedly involved in the manhandling of a judge in the Rohini District Court to provide free legal aid to the poor.

Quashing the FIR against them and dropping contempt proceedings, a special three-judge bench asked the lawyers to provide free legal aid to 24 persons in the next two years.

They have also been asked to together pay a fine of Rs 50,000, to be used for activities of Rohini Bar Association.

The court took a lenient view after the lawyers tendered an apology for the act.

The advocates had allegedly manhandled Additional District Judge (ADJ) Pankaj Gupta on July 8 at Rohini District Courts following verbal arguments.