Noise Pollution(Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000

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Noise Pollution(Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000

2(c)

"authority" means any authority or officer authorized by 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.

3(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.

3(2)

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

3(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.

3(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.

3(5)

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

4(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(1)

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

5(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.

5(3)

The State Government may subject to such terms and conditions as are necessary to reduce noise pollution, permit use of loud speakers or public address system during night hours between 10:00 PM to 12:00 midnight on or during cultural or religious festive occasion of a limited duration not exceeding 15 days in all during a calendar year.

7(1)

A person may, if the noise level exceeds the ambient noise standards by 10 dB(A) or more given in the corresponding columns against any area/zone, make a complaint to the authority.