HC order will force cops to wake up to noise pollution
By Swati Deshpande/TNN
Mumbai: There are 166 noise-level meters along with printers and
calibrators, each recently purchased at the rate of Rs 1,11,160,
with various police commissionerates and superintendents in the
state as well as the city. Most of them may not even be out of their
But thanks to a Sangli resident, the Mumbai police may finally be
forced to wake up to the harsh honking and amplified cacophony that
break all noise-control norms. This follows a Bombay high court
order directing the deputy police commissioners of each of the 13
zones in Mumbai to monitor noise levels and to take action against
violators. The court also directed the state government to train
police officers so that they are able to implement the provisions
of the Act and the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules,
Similarly, for rural areas, the court directed the superintendent
of police to ensure the maintenance of permissible noise level.
The Director General of Police is directed to ensure the compliance
of our directions meticulously. We direct him to periodically get
the information that these provisions are effectively implemented
and he would also be at liberty to take appropriate action against
the officers who are not complying with these provisions strictly,
a bench comprising Chief Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice S
A Bobde said.
A public interest litigation filed by Anil Tade and others was essentially
to get the Sangli police to enforce the noise pollution rules in
other cities of Maharashtra.
A PIL filed by Mumbai activists had earlier resulted in the HC passing
several orders dealing with high decibels, resulting in the formation
of silence zones and loudspeaker deadlines during festivals.
The situation in Mumbai
Currently the deputy police commissioners at the 13 zonal police
offices in Mumbai have one noise monitoring level meter each.
Five portable decibel meters are lying at the offices of the additional
commissioners of police in different regions in Mumbai. All the
meters are without printers.
The only meter with the printer attached is at the Zone I office
in South Mumbai.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has also provided one
meter with printer to the additional police commissioner, South
The Mumbai police chief has pointed out that each police station
will have to be provided with at least one meter along with printer
for measuring decibel levels.