PORVORIM: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today informed the House that Goa Police received 6,719 calls over one year pertaining to complaints of noise pollution.
“Goa Police received 6719 calls from January 1, 2023, to March 13, 2023, from the residents/individuals/NGOs of coastal villages of the State against noise pollution after 10 pm,” said Sawant.
He further said that Police patrolling is maintained in the coastal jurisdiction to ensure no loud music is played beyond 10 p.m.
“Also, loud music calls are attended to promptly, and Police staff is deputed to the spot to verify the fact. Action is initiated against the establishment if found violating the laws,” he added
Goa Police has formed a three-member ‘Flying Squad’ to curb noise pollution during nighttime.
The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court has asked the state government to implement the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules prohibiting loud music outdoors after 10 pm.
Stressing the need for a legal solution to the new challenge in the coastal state, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourists, Sawant said the government is ready to create special areas where destination weddings and similar events can be held without too many restrictions on music.