If the police are unresponsive after you have filed a complaint about noise pollution, you can directly approach your State’s Pollution Control Board.
Every state also has an office known as the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). Every SPCB has the function of planning a comprehensive programme for the prevention, control and abatement of water as well as noise pollution, conduct and encourage investigations and research relating to different aspects of water pollution, inspect treatment plants and trade effluents, etc.1
You can also approach the SPCB offices to file a complaint. These authorities have the power to issue a written order for preventing, prohibiting, controlling or regulating:
- Any vocal or instrumental music
- Sounds caused by playing, beating, clashing, blowing
- Instruments including loudspeakers, public address systems, horn, construction equipment, appliance or apparatus or contrivance which is capable of producing or reproducing sound
- Sounds caused by bursting of sound’ emitting firecrackers
- Sounds caused from a business operation, or trade, like for example business of creating utensils etc.
The authorities may give an opportunity to the person who made the noise to be heard and then may modify or alter the order.