The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 - Introduction

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MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 14 February, 2000

S.O. 123(E).- Whereas the increasing ambient noise levels in public places from various sources, inter-alia, industrial activity, construction activity, generator sets, loud speakers, public address systems, music systems, vehicular horns and other mechanical devices have deleterious effects on human health and the psychological well being of the people, it is considered necessary to regulate and control noise producing and generating sources with the objective of maintaining the ambient air quality standards in respect of noise;

Whereas a draft of Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 1999 was published under the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests vide number S.O. 528 (E) dated the 2e June, 1999 inviting objections and suggestions from all the persons likely to be affected thereby, before the expiry of the period of sixty days from the date on which the copies of the Gazette containing the said notification are made available to the public-,

And whereas copies of the said Gazette were made available to the public on the I" day of July, 1999.

And whereas the objections and suggestions received from the public in respect of the said draft rules have been duly considered by the Central Government-,

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (ii) of sub-section (2) of section 3, sub-section (1) and clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 6 and section 25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) read with rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules for the regulation and control of noise producing and generating sources, namely:

The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000

1.  Short-title and commencement.

(1) These rules may be called the-Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. Definitions.- In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,

(a) "Act" means the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986);

(b) "area/zone" means all areas which fall in either of the four categories given in the Schedule annexed to these rules;

(c) "authority" means any authority or officer authorised by the Central Government, or as the case may be, the State Government in accordance with the laws in force and includes a District Magistrate, Police Commissioner, or any other officer designated for the maintenance of the ambient air quality standards in respect of noise under any law for the time being in force;

(d) "person" in relation to any factory or premises means a person or occupier or his agent, who has control over the affairs of the factory or premises;

(e) "State Government" in relation to a Union territory means the Administrator thereof appointed under article 239 of the Constitution.

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deepaksehgal 

I would like to raise a concern for an illegally Operated shops in residential area. This shop is in running state and it causes nuisance and pollution to people residing in the near by area.It is an illegal shop and it should be removed from here and Already Sealed Shop operated by Kau Singh. I would like to request you to take stern action against them and seal their shop.
Reasons:
1. Illegally opened shop in residential area.
2.Causes nuisance and harmful gases which is very harmful.
3.Causes massive traffic jams every day.
4.Causes nuisances and pollution to neighbours as its was resident area
5.Shop owner is a stubborn and disgusting person and he does not listen to public.Lots of people have asked him to move his shop but he does not listen.Hope you will take proper action against this shop.
Their address: steel works by Kau Singh, Shop at 7 Block Gurudwara Singh Sabha, New Delhi-110027. Thanks

aditya999 

I am resident of Nagpur, Vidharbha region . Under the guise of enviournment protection act of 1986 and noise polluction act a police constable booked one of our Ganesh mandal member during the on going Ganesh festival . It is rediculous,the reason we were playing the bhajans on small domestic speakears attached to a DVD which is not having powerful inbuilt amplifer.
The Constable just took out a decible meter measured the sound and without giving the explaination asked one of the member to sign and recieve the notice and even added that we may continue to play the music. This is really paradoxical.

anand123 

I am resident of the community in a state adjacent to UT Chandigarh). There is on-going sound system installed mysteriously in neighbourhood but has mobility to cover larger part of the state/region.
I am surprised that there are TEMPLES, GURUDWARAS, SOCIETIES FOR WELFARE of community members. The noise level in the environment is to uncontrollable level for anybody and is to create the disturbance in the region on political, social, religious issues. For example, turning to temple going people or other responsible persons against each other, The noise level is of sometimes unbearable level that it adds to disturbance by quotting people from seats in administration of the region.

Police stations, Heath Departments do hav their recrruits with some education on ttheir responsibilities. However, it has become a fun game for everybody but at a cost as mentioned on public health.

Adding to that these people have involvement with foregn (overseas) persons contributing and participant to this illegal activity. This is what everyone understands but have no idea what is happening around and who could be turned to.

I take this opportunity ( keeping myself anaonymous, for safety) to let you decide on who could be approached in these circumstances.
It is mockery of the ACT by the government of India AND aware ness of the officals on the environmental pollution. TRUE.

Thanking you,
Faithfully,

APS (anand), Mohali and Chandigarh.

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