Loudspeakers and public address systems are a common source of noise pollution in India. To play loudspeakers, public address systems, amplifiers or other equipments you need written permission from local authorities. 1 The police and local government authorities will seize and confiscate such equipment if it causes noise. 2 The noise level where loudspeaker or public address system or any other noise source is being used shall not exceed3:10 dB(A) above the ambient noise standards for the area or
Noise is measure in dB(A). In other words, decibels reflect the ear’s response or sensitivity of the human ear to different frequencies of sound.
Under the law, a loudspeaker, public address system, sound-producing instrument, amplifier shall not be used at night between 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. except in closed premises like auditoriums, conference rooms, community halls, banquet halls or during a public emergency.
The State Government may permit the use of loudspeakers, public address systems, etc. during night hours (between 10.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight) during cultural or religious occasions. The State Government can use of noise equipments or instruments on days notified by them in advance. However, the Government can include only a maximum of 15 days in a year. For example, the Government may allow the use of loudspeakers during festivals like Diwali, Onam, Pongal, etc.
Privately Owned Sound Systems
If you are being disturbed because of loudspeakers or any other sound-producing instrument, then you can file a complaint to stop the noise pollution and the person making such noise will be punished.
- Rule 3, Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000.
- Farhd K. Wadia Vs. Union of India (Uoi) and Ors. (2009)2 SCC 442.
- Rule 3(4), Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000.
- Rule 3(1) and (2), Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000.
- Rule 3(3), Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000.
- Rule 3(5), Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000.