October 09, 2001
SUPREME COURT ISSUES INTERIM ORDERS RESTRICTING USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS & FIRE CRACKERS
Honble Supreme Court has restricted the use of fire crackers and high volume-producing sound systems in view of the forthcoming Dussehra & Diwali festivals and with a view to prevent accidents and to control noise pollution.
The apex Court issued the following interim instructions in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 72/1998: -
"89. Noise standards for fire-crackers:-
A.(I) The manufacture, sale or use of fire-crackers generating noise level exceeding 125 db (AI) or 145 db(C) pk at 4 meters distance from the point of bursting shall be prohibited.
(II) For individual fire-crackers constituting the series (joined fire-crackers), the above- mentioned limit be reduced by 5 log 10(N) db, where N=number of crackers joined together."
(2) The use of fire works or fire-crackers shall not be permitted except between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. No fire works or fire-crackers shall be used between 10.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m.
"Silence Zone is an area comprising not less than 100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions, courts, religious places or any other area which is declared as such by the competent authority."
This order shall not imply any restriction on the Union Government, the Union Territories or the State Governments in case they wish to further reduce the noise levels, if so advised.