Noise diktat for DMs

Ahead of the festival season, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board has suggested that district administrations across the state should take affidavits from puja organisers on sticking to the sound pollution guidelines.

By Dipak Mishra in Patna
  • Published 13.09.18
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Patna: Ahead of the festival season, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board has suggested that district administrations across the state should take affidavits from puja organisers on sticking to the sound pollution guidelines.

Sound limitation is 75 decibel for industrial areas from 6am to 10pm and 70 decibel from 10pm to 6am. For commercial places the limits have been kept at 65 and 55 decibels respectively. For residential areas the limit is 55 and 45 decibels and in peace zones it is 50 and 40 decibels. The board has written to all the district magistrates in August to enforce the noise pollution strictly and give directives to the puja committees to comply with the noise pollution limits.

The board stated that the noise pollution limits were notified in the Noise Pollution Rules, 2000, issued by Union ministry of forest and environment. It also noted that the state government had issued orders in 2016 to all officials concerned asking them to enforce the law. It also noted that the rules restrict use of public address systems within 100 meters of Patna High Court, Legislative Houses, educational institutes, hospitals and other such locations. If the rule is violated, the authorities have the power to seize the loudspeakers under The Bihar Control of Use and Play of Loudspeakers Act, 1955.

The board stated this rule has been blatantly flouted during Vishwakarma Puja, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Ganesh Puja, Chhath and Saraswati Puja.