Loud Speakers become silent after Punjab and Haryana HC bans its use
Various writ petitions were being filled in the states of Punjab and Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh to curb the noise pollution occurring due to excessive use of loudspeakers in these areas. To look into the matter an Ad hoc committee was appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court which was headed by Advocate M.L Sarin. This committee was formed to look into the problem of noise pollution and suggest various polices that could help in bringing down the rates of noise pollution. The committee suggested that there were already strict laws for the same but they have never been implemented.
After looking into the report submitted by the committee the court was of the opinion that the two states along with the union territory have failed to implement Rules 3, 4 and 5 of the Noise Pollution Rules 2000. These rules says that the noise level cannot exceed 1odB(A) above the air quality standards. It also says that use of speakers is prohibited unless a proper permission is obtained from the authorities regarding the same.
The Court comprising of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu observed that when noise is generated up to obnoxious level it violates the Article 21 of the Indian constitution . The court clearly put ban on the use of loud speakers without prior permission from the authorities. The court also gave certain directions to the DM/SSP/SP of each district to ensure that the Rules 3, 4 and 5 of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control ) Rules 2000 is properly implemented.