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Authorities guided to control noise pollution as per statutory mandate of Noise Pollution Rules, 2000 – THE NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL

Authorities guided to control noise pollution as per statutory mandate of Noise Pollution Rules, 2000 – THE NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL

The tribunal has passed the judgment of Delhi High Court in Free Legal Aid Cell v. Government of NCT of Delhi and of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in In Re: Noise Pollution – Implementation of the Laws for restricting use of loudspeakers and high-volume producing sound systems. The matter is being raised again in the present case because of the failure of statutory authorities in Delhi in controlling noise pollution as per statutory mandate of Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. the present order was passed by a four judge Coram of HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ADARSH KUMAR GOEL, HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SUDHIR AGARWAL, HON’BLE DR. NAGIN NANDA, HON’BLE DR. AFROZ AHMAD in the case of Hardeep Singh & Ors versus SDMC & Ors (Original Application No. 519/2016)

The tribunal considered the matter and passed order after seeking the factual report about the completion and following the norms and the tribunal also passed appropriate notifications to set up the noise control devices and instruments and to have effective monitoring mechanism for enforcement of norms by taking coercive measures including assessment and recovery of compensation and the tribunal also directed to set up a dedicated helpline.

The tribunal noted that despite the passing of guidelines and orders there are violation of norms and to control this a operative order was passed and in pursuance of this order a status report was presented by the DPCC which mentioning some of the steps taken for enforcement of the noise control norms and  Letter has been received from Justice S.P. Garg, former Judge Delhi High Court mentioning several steps taken so far for effective enforcement of noise pollution control measures and also to oversee preparation of District Environment Management Plans in pursuance of another order of this Tribunal 15.07.2019 (in O.A. No. 710/2017 and O.A. No. 360/2018) and the committee headed by Justice S.P. Garg also submitted its work.

The directions sought were mentioned in the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court, already stand issued in O.A. No. 681/2018, in Re: News item published in “The Times of India” Authored by Shri Vishwa Mohan Titled “NCAP with multiple timelines for clean air in 102 cities to be released around August 15 and applied throughout india. The directions include the need to install noise limiters and the imposition of GAP analysis.

The tribunal considered the work by the various authorities and decided to pass guidelines and directions to control the noise pollution and decrease it and the I.A. No. 139/2021 stands disposed of accordingly.

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Order reviewed by Naveen Sharma

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