Noise Pollution

Noise Pollution

1. What is Noise Pollution?
Noise pollution means the disturbance produced in environment by undesirable sounds of various kinds. 
2. What are the ill-effects of noise pollution?
a) Noise as nuisance and health hazard to human beings and other living things
b) Hearing loss
c) Interference with communication
d) Disturbance of sleep
e) Annoyance
f) Adverse effect on performance
g) Physiological effects
h) Accentuated effects on urban children, sick & elderly people under recuperation. 

3. What are the Restrictions / limits of noise level : (Timings etc.) 

Noise level in a public place shall not exceed 10 dB(A) above the ambient noise standard for the area or 75bB(A) whichever is lower. No horn should be allowed to be used at night (between 10.00 p.m. and 06.00 a.m.) in residential area except in exceptional circumstances. Crackers should not be burst between the above mentioned time slot.

4. Which Organization Monitors Noise Pollution?
The sources of noise disturbance are from industrial activities, vehicular population and domestic activities. However, the impairment to noise quality is caused largely from the vehicular traffic on the roads. The assessment of current noise levels is carried out by analysing the secondary data obtained from Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB). APPCB is monitoring the noise levels at major junctions of twin cities on a continuous basis. 

5. Where to report Noise Pollution?
You can report Noise Pollution to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). You can call the following numbers:
GHMC Callcenter Numbers only for BSNL, Idea, Reliance, Tata and Uninor users 155304 
GHMC Callcenter Numbers for Other users 040-23302440, 23302550, 23302660, 8790715555, 8790725555