The Delhi Pollution Control Committee revised the penalty for violating noise regulations in the national capital on Saturday, imposing hefty fines of up to Rs 10,000 for noise generated by loudspeakers/public address systems.
According to the order copy, a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed on diesel generator sets with a capacity greater than 1000 kilovolt-ampere (KVA) and a fine of Rs 50,000 on sound-emitting construction equipment used without prior permission.
A fine of up to Rs lakh rupees was added to the new amendment for any medium that contributes to noise pollution. Additionally, orders were issued to take action against generator set noise pollution. Apart from that, the plant responsible for noise pollution will now be seized. The NGT has also approved this amendment proposal.
According to the new noise pollution penalty rates, if construction equipment emits noise in excess of the prescribed levels, fines of up to Rs 50,000 will be imposed, and the equipment will also be seized.
Additionally, anyone found burning firecrackers in residential or commercial areas will face a Rs 1,000 fine. However, if the firecracker is lit in a silent zone, the same fine of Rs 3000 will apply.
Apart from this, if firecrackers are used in public rallies, wedding ceremonies, or other religious events, a fine of up to Rs 10,000 in residential and commercial zones and Rs 30,000 in silent zones will be imposed.
On August 13, 2020, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Delhi government, Delhi Police, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to take additional steps to ensure that noise pollution norms are enforced at the ground level for public health and environmental protection.
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