Builders in the city will have to keep noise from construction sites under check. The BMC will soon make it mandatory for them to stick to permissible noise limits.
Developers will not be given permission to carry out piling work, a technique of laying the structure’s foundation that results in high decibels and vibrations, within a 50-metre radius of residential and commercial zones.
These clauses have been included after pressure from citizen groups and several public interest litigations filed by NGOs against noise pollution caused during construction work.
These clauses will be a part of the Intention of Disapproval (IOD) that needs to be followed before the crucial commencement certificate is given to a builder.
Builders will also have to follow an undertaking consisting of pollution norms related to water, air and noise during construction activities, failing which the commencement certificate will not be given.
“We will include these clauses in the IOD and hence it becomes mandatory for all builders to strictly follow it,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner R.A.Rajeev.
The corporation could not take any action till now as there was no such provision to act against builders on complaints about noise or any other environmental related aspect. “But since the environmental clauses will be made a part of the IOD, the building proposal department will be empowered to take action against defaulters,” said Rajeev.
Accordingly, the BMC has provided a list of environmental conditions builders have to comply with. Flouting these could result in a stop work notice or legal action by civic authorities.
“Developers will be required to hold a valid air, water consent and a letter of authority for disposal of hazardous waste from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to ensure that the construction activity will not cause problems due to smoke, noise and odour in the surrounding area,” said a senior official from the building proposal department.
Questioning the proposal, Rajesh Vardhan of Vardhaman Builders said: “It’s not practical, but if the BMC is going ahead with these clauses they might have their studies in place. Apart from that we will have to see how constructions on municipal sites work.” Answering this, Rajeev said: “These decibel levels are given by the central government as per the noise pollution act, so we can’t change them.”