‘Not UT, but vicinity causing noise pollution‘

CHANDIGARH: It is not Chandigarh but the surrounding areas that are causing noise pollution after 10pm and giving residents sleepless nights. Chandigarh SSP stated this in an affidavit filed in the during resumed hearing of a case on noise pollution at night.

The high court had taken suo motu notice of the issue on November 21 in the wake of nuisance created by amplified music from marriage palaces and private farmhouses around Chandigarh. The HC had directed to take up this matter as a public interest litigation so that guidelines to check loud music could be framed. While the UT filed its reply on Monday, Punjab and Haryana sought time to file theirs. The matter will now come up for hearing on December 12.

The affidavit filed by the SSP said Chandigarh police did not receive even a single complaint of noise pollution from marriage palaces after 10pm. It stated that the surrounding areas, like , received 11 complaints in just two days.

It added that on January 19, 2005, the administration had notified certain areas in Chandigarh as silence zones, where sound amplification system must be audible only within the premises.

Besides directing Punjab and Haryana to file replies, the high court also asked status reports of 11 cases reported in surrounding areas by the next date of hearing.

Justice GS Sandhawalia had taken suo motu note after loud music continued to play till 3.45am in Kansal at councillor Taranjit Kaur’s son’s wedding function on the nights of November 15 to

17.

The HC had said who would be the guardian of people’s rights when the elected representative violated the court directions. It had also expressed concern about the wildlife, “which is sensitive to such loud noise and seeks refuge in the sanctuaries which are shrinking on account of human greed.”

had directed the UT SSP to file an affidavit on the number of complaints received and efforts made to send appropriate communication to his counterpart in Mohali.
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