Legal action against noise pollution
Bhopal, Mar 15 : Madhya Pradesh Home Affairs Minister Umashankar Gupta today said in the Assembly that legal action would be initiated to check noise pollution by loudspeakers in the state's commercial capital Indore.
Replying to a calling attention notice by Mr Sudarshan Gupta (ruling Bharatiya Janata Party), the Minister said, "In order to control such pollution in that city, orders are issued from time to time under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 and the Madhya Pradesh Noise Control Act."
Prohibitory orders are also issued in the context of disc jockeys, rallies, processions, sit-ins, demonstrations and other programmes.
On February 19, 1999, the then Collector invoked powers under the Noise Control Act and directed all station house officers to remove loudspeakers from every place of worship within three days.
"The order was executed but no case registered. Noise pollution is being checked as per the Collector's order dated March 15, 2010. Since 1999, 20 cases were registered regarding noise pollution and action taken against 33 accused," Mr Gupta said.
According to Mr S Gupta, constantly increasing noise pollution in Indore is causing problems for students, patients, the aged, passersby and office employees. Loudspeakers are "openly used" in political, social and religious processions, places of worship and marriages.