A day after the Bombay High Court rap,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,has decided to demarcate and display signages indicating silence zones in the city. Around 1200 such zones100 metres around schools,hospitals,religious places and courtwill be identified and boards will be displayed in a months time.
Tenders have been invited for 50 boards in each of the 24 administrative wards and the boards indicating silence zone will be put up within a month, said Additional Municipal Commissioner,R A Rajeev . The HC on Thursday had slammed the state authorities for not identifying the silence zones in the city despite the fact that rules for noise pollution came into existence in 2000. It has now given a weeks time to the government to issue a notification and to demarcate silence zones in the city. The HC was hearing a petition filed by NGO Awaz.
Civic officials said that signages will play an important role in creating awareness among the people. Even of the 100 commuters if 85 do not honk seeing the signages our purpose will be fulfilled, an official said.
The civic administration has said that its responsibility will be limited to displaying the boards at the start and end of the silence zone. The implementing authorities will be the local and traffic police, Rajeev said. DCP Harish Baijal (Traffic) said,In case of silence zones,the traffic police would not need decibel meters as honking in such zones would immediately lead to imposing of fine.
According to the rules,there is a total ban on loudspeakers,horns,musical instruments and the bursting of fire crackers within silent zones. Further,noise mitigation measures would have to be adopted for construction activities in such areas. The BMC has already proposed introducing a clause in the Intention of Disapproval (IOD) and Commencement Certificate (CC) which will make it mandatory for developers to adhere to permissible decibel limits during construction.