Pramesh S Jain.Yogesh K Porwar
In an effort to keep the noise pollution under check,DG&IGP,Praveen Sood has issued a circular this week asking top police officers to take action and prosecute individuals responsible for noise pollution under the Environment Protection Act.
The circular dated June 7 authorizes officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and above to enforce noise pollution control measures under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act 1986.
They can take action against the persons who violates orders and to prosecute them under Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986,the order said.
The order gain importance following series of PIL and petition to the High court and state government to curb the use of loud speakers especially in mosques.
There was an increase in noise levels in the State from various sources like construction and industrial activities,generator sets,loud speakers, public address systems,vehicular horns and other mechanical devices.
They have deleterious effects on human health and the psychological well being of the people. Thus it is necessary to regulate and control noise producing and generating sources.
The PCB which sought necessary directions from Praveen Sood,referred to an order issued by the Karnataka High Court on January 11 to a writ petition which has ordered action against those using sound amplifiers in violation of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 says a official order .