go­ing by the rules

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Noise Pol­lu­tion Rules 2000: Noise Pol­lu­tion (Con­trol and Reg­u­la­tion) Rules were no­ti­fied by the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment and forests in 2000. They state that the in­creas­ing am­bi­ent noise lev­els in pub­lic places from var­i­ous sources such as con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity, gen­er­a­tor sets, loud­speak­ers and, mu­sic sys­tems have harm­ful ef­fects on hu­man health

Mas­ter plans and noise: The Rules state that all de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties, lo­cal bod­ies and other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties while plan­ning devel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­ity shall take into con­sid­er­a­tion all as­pects of noise pol­lu­tion as a pa­ram­e­ter of qual­ity of life to avoid noise me­nace

Si­lence zones: The Rules call for des­ig­nat­ing cer­tain ar­eas as si­lence zones. An area com­pris­ing not less than 100 me­tres around hospi­tals, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and courts should be declared as si­lence area or zone to en­sure peo­ple in those ar­eas are not in­con­ve­nienced

Time lim­its: Loud­speak­ers are banned at all times ex­cept when writ­ten per­mis­sion is ob­tained from the author­ity for their use. Pub­lic ad­dress sys­tems can­not be used at night (be­tween 10 pm to 6 am) ex­cept in closed premises

Who can help: The first re­course avail­able to ha­rassed cit­i­zens is that they should ap­proach the po­lice sta­tion in the area and file a com­plaint if they are af­fected by noise pol­lu­tion. An in­di­vid­ual can also file a case be­fore the green court NGT in case of a vi­o­la­tion

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