Have Noisy Neighbours? Take Your Complaint to KSPCB
By N R Madhusudhan | Published: 24th March 2014 08:21 AM |
After being pulled up by the High Court for failing to regulate noise levels in residential, commercial and silent zones, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is preparing an action plan to come down heavily on violators in the state.
According to this plan, people may soon be able to file private complaints against those who disturb them by causing noise pollution.
The HC had questioned the KSPCB about why it should not be closed down for not implementing noise pollution rules.
The HC had also said that unless the KSPCB records sound levels and informs other agencies, they will not be in a position to take any action against the culprits.
KSPCB member secretary Vijay Kumar said, “As there are different regulatory authorities for different activities, we have to coordinate with them to ensure that noise pollution rules are strictly implemented.”
“We are discussing with BESCOM, the Transport Department, BBMP and other government agencies to evolve plans to educate people against sound pollution and measures to prevent noise pollution by enforcing rules strictly. The action plan will be ready and placed before the court very soon,” Kumar said.
After KSPCB was pulled up by the HC, they had measured noise levels near Ubhaya Vedantha Pravarthana Sabha in Malleswaram, Bangalore, and issued a closure order to the Sabha for causing noise beyond the permissible limit.
The KSPCB has also directed the BBMP to cancel the choultry license.
However, the Sabha is planning to appeal against the order.