‘My fa­ther, a heart pa­tient, can­not sleep’

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When N Ku­mar (name changed on re­quest) bought a house in Greater Noida West one-and-ahalf years ago, he was happy that his house faced a cricket sta­dium. “I thought I would get sun and fresh air – so rare these days,” he says.

Af­ter mov­ing in, how­ever, Ku­mar re­alised he had made a big mis­take. “Ev­ery other day, a cricket match is played with loud­speak­ers blar­ing com­men­tary and mu­sic in com­plete dis­re­gard for the ex­ist­ing laws re­gard­ing the use of loud­speak­ers. The high wattage speak­ers have been per­ma­nently fixed on the wall of the sta­dium (it shares a bound­ary wall with our apart­ment build­ing) for the ben­e­fit of the teams,” he says.

A times, three matches are played in the sta­dium in a day and the com­men­tary and loud mu­sic starts at 9 am and con­tin­ues till mid­night, sub­ject­ing res­i­dents to high lev­els of noise pol­lu­tion for more than 12 hours at a stretch. Ku­mar’s fa­ther, a heart pa­tient, can­not

sleep; his 10-year-old daugh­ter can­not study. “I re­ally won­der how a builder can be so in­sen­si­tive so as to al­low the use of loud­speak­ers to earn a few thou­sands and cause in­con­ve­nience to thou­sands of peo­ple who have paid him their lives’ sav­ings to buy a house.”

In fact, it is not just com­men­tary and loud mu­sic. Drum­beats to cel­e­brate fours and sixes also add to the res­i­dents’ mis­ery.

The sta­dium is part of the sports com­plex which buy­ers were told was meant ex­clu­sively for res­i­dents of the com­plex. “While we have no prob­lems with vis­it­ing teams play­ing cricket matches in the sta­dium, why use loud­speak­ers when there is a score­board on the ground for the teams to keep track of scores?” Ku­mar asks.

He hopes that NGT or the district au­thor­i­ties con­cerned will take the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure that res­i­dents of a project are not sub­jected to per­sis­tent noise pol­lu­tion that has the po­ten­tial to cause longterm ad­verse health ef­fects on res­i­dents.

When con­tacted, the builder claimed that noise pol­lu­tion norms were be­ing ad­hered to.

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