May 26, 2011 12:31:41 am
Adjudicating a bunch of petitions pertaining to noise pollution in the area surrounding IGI Airport,the Delhi High Court asked the residents on Wednesday if had agreed to a clause that they would not complain against the noise at the time of getting the land allotment.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the counsel of one of the three petitioners if there was an understanding before getting or purchasing the plots in the areas near IGI Airport that the residents would not object to the noise caused by the aircraft. Is it correct that while purchasing the properties,you (residents) had given your consent in the agreement that you will not object to the noise? You knew that the airport was coming up in the vicinity, the Bench asked the counsel for Bijwasan Gram Vikas Samiti,which represented the three societies.
The other petitioner in the case is the Vasant Kunj-based Indian Spinal Injuries Hospital,which alleged that the noise created by landing aircraft,which fly at a height of only 200-300 feet,was disturbing patients. The third petitioner happens to be a civil group called Society for Protection of Culture Heritage Environment Traditions and Promotions of National Heritage.
When the hearing began on Wednesday,the Bench sought to know what further directives could be passed when the authorities,including the Central government and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DIAL),have already been doing their bit to reduce the noise.
Appearing for the Civil Aviation Ministry,Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhiok had earlier informed the court that steps were already being taken to bring noise levels down as an expert committee was looking into the issue. Some of these measures include a night curfew on landing and take-off,phasing out of older aircraft,installation of sound barriers at key points,etc. Justice Khanna said while the authorities were on the job,the residents were required to disclose if they had made an undertaking against objecting to the noise.
The counsel,however,expressed ignorance in the matter and said he would have to enquire about this from his clients. The court then posted the matter to August 17.
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