Noise Pollution: NGT calls meet on ‘no-horn zone’ Panchsheel Park

Earlier, the Tribunal had directed authorities to declare the area a “no-horn” zone.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 1, 2015 2:20:54 am

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has convened a meeting of stakeholders on May 5 in order to devise an “effective” mechanism to solve the noise pollution problem caused due to heavy traffic near Panchsheel Park in South Delhi.

Earlier, the Tribunal had directed authorities to declare the area a “no-horn” zone, to install necessary boards at select locations, and to confine the speed of vehicles in the locality to around 30 km per hour.

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It had further directed the installation of speed cameras to monitor vehicles and asked residents to insulate the windows of their houses.

It also asked residents to employ methods like vegetative boundaries to confine the noise from the road.

Noting that “parties (were) eager to find a real solution”, the bench directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi government, officers of various concerned departments and members of the Panchshila Enclave Co-operative House Building Society to be present on May 5 at 4 pm in the NGT’s conference room.

“We, therefore, direct issuance of notice to the elected managing committee members of Panchshila Society informing them of the meeting on May 5,” the bench said.

The directions came while hearing a petition by Panchsheel Park resident Omesh Saigal.

The plea had alleged that noise pollution generated due to heavy traffic flow on the Outer Ring road was affecting the health of residents.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee had also informed the Tribunal that roadside noise levels near Panchsheel Park were beyond permissible limits.

Check rules for loudspeakers: High Court

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the state government and the Delhi Police to check whether there are any rules in place for use of loudspeakers by places of worship. The court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw issued the directions after a PIL was filed alleging that “unlicenced” use of loudspeakers was a “medical hazard”.

The government has been directed to file its reply within two weeks. The matter will now be taken up on May 13. The PIL, filed by Vasant Kunj residents Shashikant Bahl and Amit Kumar, alleges that replies to queries to police had revealed that the government did not have any data on the number of licences issued to places of worship. -ENS

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