The Asian Age

Ex­ist­ing pol­icy set to be re­struc­tured

- HARIS ZARGAR

The city ad­min­is­tra­tion is propos­ing a pol­icy re­struc­tur­ing for seek­ing “acous­ti­cal so­lu­tions” to the im­pend­ing is­sue of noise pol­lu­tion in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

The en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment along with the Delhi pol­lu­tion con­trol com­mit­tee ( DPCC) is con­tem­plat­ing on widen­ing the al­ready ex­ist­ing mea­sures and guide­lines for curb­ing noise pol­lu­tion that have, so far, seem­ingly been in­ef­fec­tive to re­duce noise. A se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said that the depart­ment is seek­ing a “re- ori­en­ta­tion and re­struc­tur­ing” of the pol­icy re­gard­ing the noise pol­lu­tion in the state. The of­fi­cial said the depart­ment, in con­sul­ta­tion with the DPCC, is also set to ini­ti­ate city­wide sur­veys to study noise level in var­i­ous parts of the Delhi, so that the new pol­icy can take a more “holis­tic frame­work.” The DPCC, which has from time to time been con­duct­ing noise re­lated sur­veys through var­i­ous agen­cies, is also likely to rope in in­ter­na­tional ex­perts for task. “Many ex­perts would be con­sulted and depart­ment of­fi­cials would also study some suc­cess­ful en­vi­ron­men­tal mod­els of ci­ties like Mu­nich,” the of­fi­cial added.

A study un­der­taken by DPCC last year had found that res­i­den­tial ar­eas where the noise lev­els were recorded to be “dan­ger­ously high” were cen­tral Delhi, Ro­hini, Pi­ta­m­pura, Dwarka and IGI Air­port. The lev­els when mea­sured were found any­where be­tween 80 deci­ble ( dB) and 93 dB at dif­fer­ent times day and night. For in­stance, in Dwarka, the noise lev­els were as high as 93 dB.

The com­mit­tee had also joined hands with the Delhi po­lice to check noise pol­lu­tion for which it had set up a 24x7 noise pol­lu­tion helpline on which res­i­dents can call up and lodge com­plaints about the deci­bel over­load from tem­ples, re­li­gious gath­er­ings, ban­quet halls or a loud party next door.

The DPCC con­ducts monthly am­bi­ent Noise Level mon­i­tor­ing at 40 lo­ca­tions in Delhi. The ma­jor sources of noise pol­lu­tion in Delhi are in­dus­trial, air­craft, trans­porta­tion and diesel gen­er­a­tor sets.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment has no­ti­fied an area of 100 me­ters, around the hos­pi­tals with 100 beds or more, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions with 1000 stu­dents or more, all court com­plexes, all gov­ern­ment of­fice com­plexes as si­lence zones.

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