New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has been tasked with developing a mobile application to make noise pollution data accessible to the public.
At a meeting chaired by Delhi’s Chief Secretary regarding the implementation of noise pollution rules in August, it was also decided to declare the second day of every week as a “no horn day”.
“The DPCC can develop an app to make noise monitoring data more accessible to the public. It can prepare a draft on the measures to be taken by field staff and explore the possibility of strengthening the existing noise monitoring network in Delhi. “, indicates the minutes of the meeting read.
The Chief Secretary has ordered the Delhi Police and the Transport Department that an awareness campaign against the horn be launched as was done in February and March. Senior Transport Ministry officials have informed that encroachment on sidewalks and illegal parking by auto-rickshaws cause traffic jams and consequently honking. The Chief Secretary has ordered land owning agencies to remove encroachment on footpaths and driveways as well as illegal parking on paved roads for smooth traffic flow. The Department of Transportation and Traffic Police have been asked to increase “prosecutions against the use of pressure horns and action against modified exhausts”. A committee set up by the National Green Tribunal to monitor compliance with noise rules in Delhi had previously suggested that the city government follow a zero-tolerance policy against unnecessary horns and the use of modified mufflers.
In a report submitted to the Green Court in June, the panel said incessant traffic noise, incessant horns, pressure horns and modified mufflers are a major contributor to noise pollution.
“Alternative measures such as planting trees, raising awareness of no honking, quieter vehicles, quieter tires, speed reduction, house insulation, smooth road surface, etc., could be adopted to reduce vehicle noise The best option is to increase awareness, just as in the case of firecrackers and increase prosecution.
“A zero-tolerance policy should be followed for unnecessary horns and the use of modified mufflers,” the report said.
To prevent noise pollution from amplifiers and loudspeakers in religious places, the panel had suggested that local bodies and station officials organize regular meetings with heads of religious institutions for the “self-regulation of sound instruments”.
At the committee’s suggestion, the city government proposed empowering civic agency officials to take action against noise polluters.
The Delhi environment department had also submitted a proposal to the Union environment ministry to designate the SHOs as the authority to prosecute violators under the noise pollution rules.
Under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000, Deputy Commissioners, Sub-divisional Magistrates, Deputy Police Commissioners (Traffic), Sub-divisional Police Officers — including those of the Roads of railways and airports — and the member secretary and president of the DPCC has been designated as the authority to take action against offenders.
In Delhi, local and civic bodies – MCD, NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board – are not empowered to take legal action under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) rules. The only option available to them is to report the violation to the designated authorities. PTI GVS TDS TDS