Order of the National Green Tribunal on noise pollution in Delhi, 11/08/2020
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Hardeep Singh & Others Vs SDMC & Others dated 11/08/2020. The subject matter for consideration is the failure of the statutory authorities in Delhi in controlling noise pollution as per statutory mandate of Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 (Noise Rules).
The NGT noted that even though certain steps had been taken by the Delhi Police, Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) - further steps are needed to ensure that the noise pollution norms are enforced at the ground level for "protection of public health and the environment in the light of orders already passed."
Representatives of the Chief Secretary (SDM) and the Police Commissioner (DCP) ought to jointly take stock of the situation on weekly basis, the NGT said. The Tribunal also directed the constitution of a monitoring committee to be headed by a former Judge of the High Court to ascertain the status of compliance and suggest further measures in the context of Delhi for enforcement of noise pollution control measures.