On Tuesday, The National Green Tribunal condemned Delhi government that the government has failed to check the noise pollution in West Delhi and charged a fine of Rs. 5 lakh for not obeying the order.

A bench was formed headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar, which recognized that since September 27, 2018, the order was enacted the government has not followed any of its direction in spite of four months have passed.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government was therefore directed to deposit a fine amount worth Rs. 5 lakh with the Central Pollution Control Board within a week.

The bench said after perusing a quarterly report on the noise pollution in Delhi’s Rajouri Garden area said that “We are satisfied that the authorities failed to comply with the orders of the tribunal.”

The green panel accused the government of not formulating a dedicated 24-hour helpline and not devising a public redressal mechanism so that it can get the complaint by SMS, telephone or e-mails. The panel also noticed that no meeting was called by the DCP and SDM jointly to review the noise pollution.

On September 27, 2018, the green panel directed that “The Commissioner of Police may nominate a DCP exclusively for dealing with the issue of noise pollution. Other police authorities of Delhi must co-operate and report to the DCP (Noise Pollution) with regard to the issue of noise pollution.

“Chief Secretary of Delhi may nominate one SDM exclusively for dealing with the issue of noise pollution. The above DCP and the SDM must have a joint meeting to review the situation at least once in a week. They may have their exclusive website for receiving and disseminating information to the public. A dedicated helpline 24 x 7 may be made operative which may be jointly monitored by the DCP and the SDM.”

Hardeep Singh complained to the tribunal about the noise pollution by several bars and restaurants in Rajouri Garden area that they were using loudspeakers and DJ systems during weddings, receptions, parties, and other functions and causing noise pollution from 10 pm to 6 am.

“The noise produced also affects the sleep of the residents, more particularly infants and aged people and also deprives children of concentrating in their studies and preparing for tests and examinations,” the plea had said.

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