The government has completed the State-wide compliance of noise pollution norms, including procuring decibel meters and declaring silence zones in all districts.
The Maharashtra State government has under the provisions of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, declared 2,960 areas as silence zones by the end of September. Of these, 2,238 zones are near hospitals and educational institutions, 615 in residential areas, and the rest in industrial and commercial regions.
The Bombay High Court had come down heavily on the government and blamed it for not complying with the orders of the court on the noise rules. It had even said that the State government must stop treating the issue in an ‘adversarial’ way.
A Division Bench headed by Justice A.S. Oka had questioned the data provided by the government on silence zones and illegal pandals erected for Ganesh festival. Officials of the Urban Development Department (UDD) said the definitions of ‘educational institutions’, ‘hospital’ and ‘public places’ were not clear under the norms, resulting in confusion.
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