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Gautam Budh Nagar: 100m around hospitals, educational institutes, religious places declared silence zones

The administration sets 55 decibels (DB) noise limit during the day, 45 DB at night in residential areas; for commercial areas, 65 DB is the sound limit during the day and 55 DB at night; sound limit of 75 DB in the day and 70 DB at night set in industrial areas

noida Updated: Jan 16, 2018 17:40 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh notified silence zones in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas, among other parts of the district, on Monday. (Picture used for representational purpose only)

The Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh has notified silence zones in Noida, Greater Noida, Yamuna Expressway areas and the other parts of the district.

The move comes following the Allahabad high court’s order on curbing of noise pollution.

The DM has categorised areas as commercial, industrial, residential and silence zones as per the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2,000 enacted in line with the Central government’s Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, said officials.

“We have notified silence zones so that we can ensure rules are not violated in these areas and nobody honks or use loudspeakers during prohibited time,” said BN Singh.

The 100 meters periphery around hospitals, educational institutes, courts and religious places have been declared as silence zone across the district, including Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas.

The administration has allowed 50 decibels (DB) sound during daytime and 40 DB during nighttime, as per the sound standards in silence zones. Sound of 55 DB during daytime and 45 DB during nighttime will be allowed in residential areas.

Sound of 65 DB during daytime and 55 DB during nighttime will be allowed in commercial areas. In industrial areas, sound of 75 DB during daytime and 70 DB during nighttime will be allowed .

The daytime will be calculated from 6am to 10pm and nighttime will be applicable from 10pm to 6am, said officials.

“The use of loudspeakers will be prohibited during nighttime across the district and if anyone wants to use loudspeaker during daytime then he or she will have to seek written permission,” said DM.

In silence zones, honking, drums beating and playing loud music will be prohibited above permissible limits.

“Whosoever will be found violating norms, will face action,” said the DM.

Following the directions the high court, the UP government on January 8 had banned the use of loudspeakers at religious and public places in the state.

It directed the police and the administration to remove loudspeakers installed at religious places by January 20.

“We will take action as per law to implement the government’s directive,” said DM.

Environmentalists hope the administration will implement the law.

“Due to the violation of norms people blow horns or play loudspeakers at unbearable sounds. As a result, wildlife also gets affected immensely at bird sanctuaries such as Okhla bird sanctuary, Surajpur sanctuary and also Dhanauri wetland. Now we hope the law will benefit the wildlife in the district,” said Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist.

The Uttar Pradesh government had on May 6, 1997 established Gautam Budh Nagar district. Well planned industrial towns Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway are part of the Gautam Budh Nagar district. Earlier parts of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas were part of neighbouring Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr district.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 17:40 IST