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Ghaziabad district split in four zones to enforce noise pollution rules

The silence zone will include Ghaziabad district & session court, government hospitals at MMG and Sanjay Nagar, apart from other private institutions and religious places covered under the rules.

noida Updated: Jan 18, 2018 21:17 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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In the silence zone, sound limit would be 50 decibels (db) during the day and 40db at night.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The district magistrate has categorised Ghaziabad in four zones to implement the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

The zones have been identified on the basis of the Ghaziabad development authority’s Master Plan.

Of the four categories, the silence zone has been defined as the 100 metre area around hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places.

The officials said the authorities concerned will have to hang a signboard reading ‘silence zone’ outside their establishments.

The silence zone will include Ghaziabad district & sessions court, government hospitals at MMG and Sanjay Nagar, apart from other private institutions and religious places covered under the rules.

“The hours between 6am and 10pm are officially considered daytime. In the silence zone, sound limit would be 50 decibels (db) during the day and 40db at night. Likewise, sound limit has been defined for each category,” Ashok Tiwari, regional manager of the UP pollution control board, said.

The residential and commercial categories have been identified on the basis of areas marked under the GDA’s Master Plan, the local municipal bodies and rural areas.

The sound limit for residential areas is 55db in the day and 45db at night.

Similarly, the commercial areas have a sound limit of 65db and 55db for day and night, respectively.

The sound limit for all industrial areas in the district has been set at 75db till 10pm and 70db till 6am.

The development comes after the Allahabad high court, on December 20, took a stern view of loudspeakers and public address systems installed at religious places across the state.

The court directed the UP officials to appraise it about implementation of the rules and affix responsibility of the official who allowed the sound
system to operate without permission.

Although enthused by the court’s order, residents are sceptical of how effective the administration will be in implementing the rules.

“Enforcement of rules has always been an issue in Ghaziabad. Defining the areas as silence zone is one thing but enforcement is a major problem. The city sees heavy traffic movement due to major roads and highways cutting across its length and breadth,” Alok Kumar, president of federation of association of apartment owners, said.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 21:17 IST