New Delhi: To address the woes of residents of South Delhi’s Panchsheel Park, which is a no honking zone, and save them from noise pollution created by heavy vehicular traffic, the National Green Tribunal has convened a meeting of all parties concerned.
The NGT had on March 11 declared Panchsheel Park as ‘no honking’ zone on a petition filed by former Chief Secretary of Delhi, Omesh Saigal, a resident of the area himself.
The Tribunal had also ordered that the speed of the vehicles crossing the area be limited to 30 km per hour.
A Bench headed by Justice U D Salvi directed the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government, officers of various departments concerned and members of Panchsheel Enclave Co-operative House Building Society to be present on May 5 at the NGT.
“Parties are eager to find out the real solution. We, therefore, hope that such meeting would be held on the date mutually agreed date i.e. May 5, 2015… Participation of elected Managing Committee Members of Panchshila Enclave Co-operative House Building Society was also permitted in such meeting. We, therefore, direct issuance of notice to the elected Managing Committee Members of Panchsheel Enclave Co-operative House Building Society informing them of the scheduled meeting,” the Bench said.
Mr. Saigal had said in his petition that noise pollution, generated due to heavy traffic flow on the Outer Ring road, was affecting the health of the people living in the area.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee had also informed the Tribunal that roadside noise levels near Panchsheel Park area in South Delhi were beyond permissible limits.
The Tribunal had earlier also directed installation of speed cameras to monitor speed of the vehicles and asked the residents of Panchsheel Park to insulate the windows of their houses so that minimum sound pollution is caused and employ methods like vegetative boundaries.
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