The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 - Ambient air quality standards

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3. Ambient air quality standards in respect of noise for different areas/zones.

(1) The ambient air quality standards in respect of noise for different areas/zones shall be such as specified in the Schedule annexed to these rules.

(2) The State Government may categorize the areas into industrial, commercial, residential or silence areas/zones for the purpose of implementation of noise standards for different areas.

(3) The State Government shall take measures for abatement of noise including noise emanating from vehicular movements and ensure that the existing noise levels do not exceed the ambient air quality standards specified under these rules.

(4) All development authorities, local bodies and other concerned authorities while planning developmental activity or carrying out functions relating to town and country planning shall take into consideration all aspects of noise pollution as a parameter of quality of life to avoid noise menace and to achieve the objective of maintaining the ambient air quality standards in respect of noise.

(5) An area comprising not less than 100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions and courts may be declared as silence area/zone for the purpose of these rules.

4. Responsibility as to enforcement of noise pollution control measures.

(1) The noise levels in any area/zone shall not exceed the ambient air quality standards in respect of noise as specified in the Schedule.

(2) The authority shall be responsible for the enforcement of noise pollution control measures and the due compliance of the ambient air quality standards in respect of noise.

5. Restrictions on the use of loud speakers/public address.

(1) A loud speaker or a public address system shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from the authority.

(2) A loud speaker or a public address system shall not be used at night (between 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.) except in closed premises for communication within, e.g. auditoria, conference rooms, community halls and banquet halls.


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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.
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, India

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, India

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,

APS (anand), Mohali and Chandigarh.

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