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Norms In Respect of Use of Loudspeakers, Horns and Fireworks in Conformity with the Order of the Hon'ble High Court, Calcutta in Connection with the Matter No. 4304(W) of 1995

MODALITIES IN RESPECT OF USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS.
(Re : Order dated 01-04-96 & 24-02-97)

Microphone should not be allowed to operate after 9 P.M. and before 7 A.M. and all the loudspeaker should be fitted with 'Sound Limiter'.

Microphones should not be allowed to operate for any time in the silence zone, i.e. 100 Mtrs. Around the premises like Hospitals. Nursing Homes, Educational Institutions and Courts. (Restrictions of use of microphone should be operative so far as School, Educational Institution, College, Courts and Library are concerned up to the working hours)

During the time of the use of loudspeaker following noise level should be maintained. 

Manufacture
  Area Day time Night time
A) Industrial Area 75 dB/Leq 70dB/Leq
B) Commercial Area 65 dB/Leq 55dB/Leq
C) Residential Area 55 dB/Leq 45 dB/Leq

i) Day time is reckoned in between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ii) Night time is reckoned in between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Loudspeaker should not be allowed to use without prior permission of the Local Police Station/Sub-Divisional Officer/District Magistrate as the case may be.

During the time of any function in the street necessary passage should be remained open for passers by.

MODALITIES IN RESPECT OF USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS BY POLITICAL PARTIES.
Manufacture (Re : Order dated 29-01098)

Microphone should not be allowed to operate after 9 P.M. and before 7 A.M. and all the loudspeaker should be fitted with Sound Limiter.

During the time of the use of loudspeaker noise level should be maintained.

Loudspeaker should not be allowed to use without prior permission of the Local Police Station/Sub-Divisional Officer/District Magistrate as the case may be.

During the time of any meeting in the street necessary passage should be kept free for passers by.

Political parties can used loudspeakers one month before the general election from 7.00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

MANDATORY NORMS FOR FIXATION OF SOUND LIMITERS WITH LOUDSPEAKERS.
(Re : Order dated 11-03-98)

Loudspeakers should not be used or let out without sound limiter for the purpose of use in open air.

Sound limiter will control the noise level or the loudspeakers as per the prescribed standards fixed up by the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

For collecting noise limiters please contact Webel Mediatronics Limited, P-1, Taratala Road, Calcutta-700088.

MODALITIES  IN RESPECT OF USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS IN OPEN AIR CULTURAL FUNCTION.
(Re : Order dated 11-08-98)

Between 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. loudspeakers can be used in cultural or any other function maintaining the stipulated noise level.

After 9.00 p.m. cultural function can be arranged, within a temporarily covered area, with sound absorbing materials provided -

a) Maintaining the ambient noise level outside the covered area, as prescribed under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986;

b) No microphones or loudspeakers should be fitted or operated outside such covered area and that only box type loudspeakers should be used inside the covered area.

c) Before organising any cultural function permission should be obtained from the Local Police Authority and Sub-Divisional Authority.

During the time of anyManufacture function in the street necessary passage should kept free for passers by.

RESTRICTIONS FOR OPEN AIR FUNCTION DURING EXAMINATIONS.
(Re : Order dated 11-08-98)

Three days before important examinations such as Secondary Examination or Higher Secondary Examination, where interests of large number of students are involved and till such examinations are over any open air function should not be performed in the residential area at any time of such period, as notified by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board.

RESTRICTION IN USE OF FIRE WORKS.
Re : Order dated 26-09-97)

Banned Fire works which generate more than 90 dB (A) impulse noise from five meter from the source such as Chocolate Bomb, Chain Crackers (Kali Patka), Loose Crackers, Kali Patka, Dhani Patka, Dodoma, Seven Shorts, Rocket Bombs etc. should not be allowed to be sold or use for any purpose.

Forest Dept. and Airport Authority can use banned fire works for their official purposes with prior permission of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board.

RESTRICTION IN USE OF AIR HORN.
(Re : Order dated 19-03-97 & 07-05-97)

Air horn should not be used in the vehicle.

Air horn should not be sold or stored

For organizing any Mela or such kind of activities permissions are to be obtained from the local authority and police authorities.

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Paribesh Bhawan (4th Floor), 10A, Block-LA,
Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700098,
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