A committee set up by the National Green Tribunal to monitor compliance with noise rules in Delhi has suggested that the city government follow a zero-tolerance policy against unnecessary horns and the use of modified mufflers.
In a report submitted to the Green Court, the panel said incessant traffic noise, incessant honking, pressure horns and modified mufflers are major contributors to noise pollution.
”Alternative measures such as tree planting, raising awareness of no honking, quieter vehicles, quieter tires, speed reduction, house insulation, smooth pavement surface , etc., could be adopted to reduce vehicle noise. The best option is to increase awareness as in the case of firecrackers and increase prosecution.
“A zero-tolerance policy should be followed for unnecessary horns and the use of modified mufflers,” the report said.
The panel told the court that the Delhi Traffic Police issued 331 challans against the use of pressure horns, 30 against the horn in quiet areas, 773 against modified exhausts/mufflers and 59 for playing the loud music in vehicles between January 1 and March 31.
The committee also asked Subdivision Magistrate, Hauz Khas, the nodal officer in charge of monitoring compliance with noise rules in Delhi, to prepare and present a proposal to prevent the illegal sale of modified mufflers and horns. pressure on the markets. To prevent noise pollution from amplifiers and loudspeakers in religious places, the panel suggested that local bodies and station officials hold regular meetings with heads of religious institutions for “self-regulation of sound instruments”. .
“Sound from microphones should be limited to the premises and not disturb others,” the committee said, adding that officials of religious institutions “will be prosecuted for installing sound limiters to comply with noise rules.”
At the committee’s suggestion, the city government proposed empowering civic agency officials to take action against noise polluters.
The Delhi environment department has also submitted a proposal to the Union environment ministry to designate the SHOs as the authority to prosecute violators under the noise pollution rules.
Under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000, Deputy Commissioners, Sub-Division Magistrates, Deputy Police Commissioners (Traffic), Sub-Divisional Police Officers — including those of the Roads railway and airports — and the member secretary and chairman of the Delhi Pollution Control Board has been appointed as an authority to take action against violators.
In Delhi, local and civic bodies – MCD, NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board – are barred from taking legal action under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) rules. The only option available to them is to report the violation to the designated authorities.
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