In the latest development, the Uttarakhand government has decided to levy heavy fines on noise pollution.
“Heavy fines will be levied on noise pollution caused at religious places, wedding ceremonies, and by vehicles,” the state government informed.
The decision came about in the state cabinet meeting held in the secretariat on late Friday evening.
Informing about the same, state government spokesperson Subodh Uniyal said, “The state has taken decisions under the Central Government’s Noise Pollution Regulation Control Act, 2000. If a person violates the specified ‘decibel’, he/she will be fined Rs 1,000 for the first time, Rs 2,500 for the second time, and Rs 5,000 for the third time.”
If the noise exceeds the specified decibel at religious places, a fine of Rs 5,000 will be levied for the first time, Rs 10,000 for the second time, and Rs 15,000 for the third time. Similarly, for hotels & restaurants, if a noise pollution case is reported, the fine will be Rs 10,000 for the first time, Rs 15,000 the second time, and Rs 20,000 the third time.
While carrying out industrial activities, the fine for violating noise pollution rules will be Rs 20,000 for the first time, Rs 30,000 for the second time, and Rs 40,000 for the third time.
The government will also confiscate noise-making devices if needed.