Violation of noise limit during festive season will not be tolerated: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court has ordered the state government to put all local bodies in strict compliance with the implementation of the noise pollution rules

Violation of noise limit during festive season will not be tolerated: Bombay HC

Illegal pandals are on the radar of the Bombay High Court that announced on Tuesday that it will not tolerate any violations of noise norms during Ganesh Chaturthi, Dahi Handi and Diwali celebrations. The court has ordered the state to keep a tab on any such activities.

A division bench of Justice AS Oka and Riyaz Chagka was hearing a bunch of petitioners seeking strict implementation of noise pollution rules and action against illegal pandals. The court said that no breach of rules will be spared and action will be taken against any person or organisation who violate the law, informed Sumaira Abdulali, Activist. 

A petitioner’s lawyer, Rohan Cama tipped off the court about the inactivity of the toll-free number set up by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the citizens to complain against noise pollution.

Back in 2016, the court had given a nod to state-wide noise mapping exercise suggested by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and assigned National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) for the task. Meanwhile, the government submitted an affidavit regarding noise pollution in South Mumbai to understand what measures the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation will take to curb noise pollution.

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