DELHI POLLUTION CONTROL COMMITTEE TO CHECK NOISE POLLUTION LEVEL DURING DIWALI ,STRICT ACTION TO BE TAKEN AGAINST VIOLATORS
DPCC to constitute 7 teams to assist DCs as well as visit various areas to check the level of noise pollution during Diwali festival.
- SDMs and Police officials asked to constitute inspecting teams for ensuring compliance of Supreme Court direction.
- Strict action to be taken against violators.
- Environment Department launches Anti Fire Crackers Campaign.
- Holds meeting with various Agencies for proper coordination.
- List of licenses granted to be displayed on official website of Licensing Unit of Delhi Police
- The ban on imported fire crackers is implemented by random checking of godowns of wholesale dealers by Delhi Police.
New Delhi,October, 2014
To control Air and Noise pollution due to use of fire crackers & other fireworks, Delhi Government has been conducting Anti Fire Cracker Campaign during Diwali and seeking cooperation of all the enforcement agencies to monitor noise pollution. A substantial impact in preventing bursting of fire crackers by a large section of people has been observed resulting in reduction of Air and Noise levels.
Meeting under Secretary (Env.), Sanjiv Kumar was held with various Agencies/ Authorities like Delhi Police including Traffic Police, Deputy Commissioners (Revenue), SDMs, officials of Department of Environment, GNCTD, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Petroleum and Exposure Safety Organization (PESO), Department of Explosives, Ministry of Commerce, GOI.
Following steps need to be taken pursuant to the meeting:
- Delhi Police to ensure that total number of licenses issued this year does not exceed that of last year. Licensing Department of Delhi Police has been asked to issue suitable instructions to district level licensing authorities.
- List of licenses granted to be displayed on official website of Licensing Unit of Delhi Police; a copy of which is to be given to DPCC to place on the website.
- All the licensing units of Delhi Police to be asked to ensure that ban on imported fire crackers is implemented by random checking of godowns especially that of wholesale dealers. All licensing units should ensure that the information stipulated regarding chemical content & sound level is displayed on the firecracker box.
- All the Licensing Units of Delhi Police to ensure that the fire crackers are not sold beyond 10 PM and conditions to that effect be included before granting license.
- Petroleum and Exposure Safety Organization (PESO) to ensure that detailed information specifically on chemical content and sound level of firecracker, is mentioned on fire cracker box by manufacturers.
- SDMs and Police officials, being the designated Authorities, have been asked to constitute inspecting teams for ensuring compliance of Supreme Court direction and Noise Rules regarding complete ban on bursting of sound emitting fire crackers between 10 PM and 6 AM by the public during Diwali festival. Police Department to sensitize PCR vans to keep the vigil for the same.
- SDM’s have been asked to organize meeting with RWA’s & MTA’s to sensitize them about of Supreme Court directions regarding complete ban on bursting of sound emitting fire crackers between 10 PM and 6 AM.
- DPCC has displayed the results of 14 fire cracker sound level tests conducted by its Air laboratory on its official website and also send the left over fire cracker samples to Petroleum and Exposure Safety Organization (PESO) for further action on manufacturers, which appear to have flouted the regulations.
- DPCC will monitor ambient Air and Noise pollution – before, during and after Diwali.
- Office of Divisional Commissioner should also explore the procurement of noise meters for all the SDM’s to enable on spot noise level monitoring as per procedure. These instruments will also be useful in future while examining complaints regarding noise pollution.
- Strict action to be taken against violators, especially against people who continue to burst crackers even after warning, by designated Authorities under section 19 of Environment (Protection) Act 1986.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will constitute 7 teams which will assist DCs as well as visit various areas to check the level of noise pollution. DPCC will also check shops randomly with respect to compliance of sound emitting fire crackers as per notification of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, 2006, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.