Govt may check noise at weddings, install sound-level meters

  • Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2016 09:24 IST
(Representative image) DPCC may install sound-level meters at banquet halls to check noise at weddings. (Shankar Mourya/HT File Photo)

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) may install sound-level meters at banquet halls to check noise at weddings where loud music is played.

A person can be booked under the law for breaching the standard noise level of 45 decibels (residential areas) during the night. For commercial areas, this limit is 55 decibels.

All sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) in Delhi will meet managers of wedding venues, DJs, and band owners to create awareness about the noise pollution rules.

The proposal was discussed in February 22 meeting, in which DPCC officials, district collectors and SDMs participated. The meeting was held on the direction by the National Green Tribunal to find a solution for noise pollution caused by lavish weddings in the city.

“The first step will be raising awareness among people who own wedding venues. The SDMs will inform them about the noise pollution rules. A suggestion to install sound-level meters at halls and other venues has also been received. We have not decided who will monitor these meters. The divisional commissioner has also sought money to buy more meters. We will see what we can do,” said Kulanand Joshi, special secretary, environment, Delhi government.

A petition to check noise at weddings was filed in the green tribunal last year.

Weddings and processions in which blaring music is played, large number of lights are used and crackers are burst, violating all rules, cause ecological imbalance, the petition filed before the tribunal said.

On certain auspicious occasions, over 10,000 weddings are organised in a day in Delhi. Because of a lack of enforcement of the regulations, the ecology of the area where these events are organised, is disturbed, the petition said.

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