Sound controls

Inside’s story of how the system allows noise pollution to fuel the nightlife, from an officer who’s seen it all

April 11, 2022 | 07:50 IST

Inside’s story of how the system allows noise pollution to fuel the nightlife, from an officer who’s seen it all

I never received cooperation from Anjuna’s IPs. Calangute who play a major role, says ex-Assistant Collector Bardez


Mapusa: Although there are strict noise pollution regulations, they are hardly implemented by the Goa Police, which is the key authority to reduce noise pollution.

Kapil Phadte, who was appointed assistant receiver for Bardez in January 2021 and then transferred, was the nodal officer in charge of checking sound irregularities, said: “I used to receive a number of pollution complaints sound and, therefore, the police were instructed to act against the offenders. However, I have never received proper cooperation from the police, especially from the then Anjuna Police Detectives and Calangute Police Station who have a major role to play in this case,” said Phadte.

Phadte said the meters given to them by the magistrate were not of caliber when it was necessary to have a standard operating procedure to solve this problem. No calibrated meter that was faulty someone

can challenge in court is one of the arrears. Also, there is no standard operating procedure to follow. Another problem I faced was that I never received cooperation from the police. There are breaches of the law but if the meter we were given to measure sound had any caliber… (we could have checked),” Phadte said.

Under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000, the Supreme Court had ordered that there be a complete ban on the bursting of sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The peripheral noise level of the private sound system must not exceed more than 5 dB(A) above the ambient air quality standard specified for the area of ​​use, at the boundary of the private place.

Police are required to enforce noise pollution rules, but fail to do so.

To implement these guidelines, the police, which is one of the main acting authorities, is required to enforce the rules relating to noise pollution. Violators will face confiscation of the offending equipment as well as the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 which may extend to imprisonment for up to one year or to a fine of up to one lakh rupees or both.

In accordance with High Court instructions, each police station must keep a separate register to record noise pollution complaints. The Inspector of Police in charge of each police station shall submit monthly reports to the Superintendent of Police North and South respectively of all complaints received regarding noise pollution and noise offenders, together with the name and address of the offender, and the measures taken on the same.

When a complaint is made by a citizen, the police attending the call must disclose their full name and designation at the time of the call and record all details of the noise pollution, i.e. the location of where the alleged violation takes place.

It is also learned that a permit required for more than seven days per month, at any location for the use of loudspeakers/PA system or outdoor sound producing machinery in residential areas, a consent letter of the Goa State Pollution Control under Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 is made compulsory by the Collector & District Magistrate, North Goa, but hardly any establishment gets this permission.