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NGT for action against loudspeakers

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Feb 19, 2019, 1:53 am IST
Updated : Feb 19, 2019, 1:53 am IST

NGT’s observation came while dealing with a plea alleging that illegal use of loudspeakers at mosques.

National Green Tribunal. (Photo: PTI)
 National Green Tribunal. (Photo: PTI)

NEW DELHI: Merely passing an order that laws should be complied with is not enough for authorities as action needs to be taken against violators, the National Green Tribunal has said. The NGT’s observation came while dealing with a plea alleging that illegal use of loudspeakers at mosques was adversely affecting the health of the residents living in their vicinity in east Delhi.

“Mere passing an order that law should be complied is not the only job of the executing authority. When violation of law is established, need is to take remedial action by way of prosecution and recovery of damages, which has not been done,” the NGT said. A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, also directed the DCPs of the east and west district to submit action plan to check noise pollution in their area. It also directed them to appear before it on March 14.

“It may also be considered whether instruments having potential of higher noise should at all be allowed to be possessed. If it is not so viable, any other alternative may be considered,” the bench said. The tribunal also expressed dissatisfaction over the affidavit filed by the DCP (east) on the steps taken to control noise pollution saying it “hardly meets the legal requirements.”

During the hearing, a joint inspection team of the Central Pollution Control Board and Delhi Pollution Control Committee submitted a report which said that out of 17 locations, four are not conforming the day time limit of ambient noise, while 10 locations are not conforming to the night time limit of ambient noise.

The tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Akhand Bharat Morcha alleging that illegal use of loudspeakers at such places adversely affected the health of the residents living in their vicinity. The plea had alleged that the activities of some mosques were in violation of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

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