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The Supreme Court has, in it’s recent Order on Noise
    Pollution, emphasized the need for greater awareness
    and education of citizens who are affected by high
    noise levels in urban areas and of the authorities
    empowered to implement the Noise Rules.

    It is essential that the Police fulfill their duties
    to contain noise levels and that all of us ensure that
    their hands are strengthened to be able to do so by
    making our selves heard and insisting on our right  to
    be protected from ‘aural aggression’ – an apt
    expression of the harmful effects of excessive noise
    quoted from the Supreme Court Order. There are
    important health related reasons to do so.

    Information from a Right to Information application
    reveals that a number of complaints received by the
    Police Control Room during the Ambedkar Jayanti
    celebrations in April 2005 were complaints of noise
    levels exceeding permissible limits at places where
    the Police had granted permission for loudspeaker use.
    In spite of the complaints received, the Police took
    no action to cancel the loudspeaker permissions at
    those locations for the remaining days of the
    celebration, which lasted 3 days in all.

    There is reason for concern about the implementation
    of the Supreme Court Order during the festival season
    ahead, which begins with the Ganesh Festival.

    We have monitored noise levels at festivals in Mumbai
    since 2003. This year, we intend to monitor
    loudspeaker permissions given by the Police throughout
    the city and to compare them with complaints from
    citizens received by the Police.

    Citizens affected by high noise levels should make
    their complaints at the Police Control Room numbers
    100 and 103 and should insist on receiving a Complaint
    Number so that their complaint is recorded in the
    Police Register and a comparison between high noise
    levels and police permissions is made possible.

    The booklet published by the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad
    informs citizens of their rights and responsibilities
    to ensure a noise free environment and should be
    widely distributed to ensure that citizens and
    authorities have a fuller understanding, both of their
    rights and responsibilities, especially during the
    festival season.

    Sumaira Abdulali
    Awaaz Foundation


Reply from: Kush" <kushkaran@fastmail.fm :-

I wish to inform all that the booklet published by "Marathi Vidnyan
Parishad" titled "Our Society and Noise Pollution" is available at the MVP
office for Rs. 20 /
- This booklet gives information on all aspects of noise pollution and
the laws governing if's control. Also of their rights and responsibilities
to ensure a noise free environment and how the common man could play his
part in curbing this "aural aggression".

Vidnyan Bhavan
V N Puvar Marg,
Mumbai - 400022.
Ph - 25224714 / 25226268
Contact:-  Dr Vishnu M Vaidya.
Time :-  10:30 am to 5 pm. on working days