‘Noise rules will hamper the growth of the tourism industry’ | Goa News

Panaji: Members of the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) have expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision of the state government to notify the noise rules stating that it will hamper the tourism industry who has yet to recover from the impact of Covid.
Board members said there will be a lot of delay in processing applications as they will have to be channeled through the collector, GSPCB, Department of Environment and Climate Change, etc.
GSPCB Chairman Mahesh Patil has asked Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Goa Travel and Tourism Association to make representation to the government about their grievances.
In accordance with the notified noise rules, in case of events, receptions, programs involving more than 50 participants, the request must be transmitted by the authority to the GSPCB.
It also states that a candidate must deposit a fee of Rs 3,000 per event with the GSPCB. The council will submit the report to the Ministry of the Environment. The department, after evaluation, will issue recommendations to the concerned authority such as receiver and deputy receiver.
Member Secretary Shamila Monteiro said some changes needed to be made as there was no appendix attached to the notification.
According to the action plan, a loudspeaker or public address system or any sound-producing instrument or musical instrument or sound amplifier should not be used in open areas without prior permission from the authorities.
Under no circumstances shall playing music or using sound amplifiers, beating drums or blasting a musical or pressure trumpet or beats or the sound of any instrument, performance of any kind to attract crowds, the bursting of firecrackers, loudspeakers or sound emitting public address systems are permitted in the “silence zone” within 100 meters of any school, college, hospital and court. But the exception could be during the 15 public holidays notified by the state government, but with prior notification to the relevant authority, the notification said.

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