Justice S. P. Garg committee report on noise pollution, 29/04/2022

  • 29/04/2022

Report by committee to the National Green Tribunal in Original Application No. 519 of 2016 (Hardeep Singh & Others Vs SDMC & Others) with Original Application No 496 of 2018, 196 of 2018 & 197 of 2018.

The matter related to problem of noise pollution in Delhi. The report was in compliance to the NGT order, August 11, 2020 and February 3, 2022.

Automobiles constitute the largest single group of noise menace and in a city 60 to 70 per cent of noise comes from road traffic, the report said. Measures such as planting of trees, awareness with respect to no-honking, quieter vehicles, quieter tires, speed reduction, home insulation, smooth road surface could be followed to reduce vehicular noise. The better option would be to increase awareness just like in case of firecrackers and to increase prosecution. The zero-tolerance policy should be followed in case of unnecessary honking and use of modified silencers, were some of the recommendations of the committee headed by Justice S. P. Garg.

Another proposal was that the draft guidelines for construction works on which Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) is working on should be expedited and finalized.

Note: The report dated April 29, 2022 was uploaded to the NGT site, June 10, 2022