Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding noise pollution, Delhi, 12/02/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Hardeep Singh & Others Vs SDMC & Others dated 12/02/2019. The issue for consideration is the failure of the statutory authorities in controlling the noise pollution as per statutory mandate of Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000. The present application was filed alleging that there were use of DJ systems, music systems, public address systems during weddings or other functions and noise was being created at odd hours adversely affecting the health of the citizens. The Tribunal through its previous order had directed the Chief Secretary, Delhi, the Commissioner of Police, Delhi and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take steps for enforcing the directions of the Supreme Court with regard to use of loud speakers, control of vehicular noise and creation of awareness. The Commissioner of Police was to nominate a DCP and the Chief Secretary was to nominate a SDM who were to meet once in every week to take stock of the situation. They were to set up an exclusive website and dedicated helpline, apart from other steps. The report dated 14.01.2019 shows that neither helpline has been set up nor website has been set up and nor weekly meetings were held, as required.
National Green Tribunal says that the authorities have failed to comply with the directions of the Tribunal and directed the Delhi Government to deposit a sum of Rs. 5 Lakhs with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within one week and granted a months time to the authorities to file a compliance report.