What to do when there is a noisy construction activity happening next door

From Rising Citizen

To address the related adverse effects of blazing real estate in the city, the Karnataka High court has come up with a set of regulations for construction activity. The purpose behind the regulations is that the residents of the city get less disturbed by the construction fervour. The new verdict relaxes the earlier order which banned construction work between 6 pm and 8 am.

The new verdict says that there are certain construction activities which are permitted between 6 pm-10 pm and between 6 am-8 am. Here is the list of activities which are permitted by the court.

KARNATAKA HIGH COURT-REGULATION OF TIMINGS FOR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITES
Activities 6 AM to 8AM 6 PM to 10 PM
Earth work Ground levelling, bush clearance Ground levelling
Shuttering work Activity not allowed Activity not allowed
Steel typing works Placing, shifting and lifting of steel Placing, shifting and lifting of steel
Concreting work Curing of concrete Curing of concrete
Block and plastering work Mortar mixing, placing for block work, plaster Mortar mixing, placing for block work, plaster
Grills/aluminium fabrication works Activity not allowed Activity not allowed
Tiles and granites Fixing of tiles, cutting is not allowed Installation of tiles, granites, cutting is not allowed
Electrical and other services Wiring works, testing Wiring and testing
Painting Primer and paint Primer and paint
Landscaping Planting and watering Planting and watering
Transportation of materials to site, removal of debris Transportation of construction materials to site Removing debris from site and transportation

In addition to the above KSPCB has stipulated very strict guidelines for sound and noise pollution.

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To measure noise decibel level, CSTEP has launched ‘Shabda’, an Android app that not only measures noise all around you but also helps us build a noise-level database.

How to report violations

After referring to the above table and image, you can find out if there is any violation. These are few suggested steps to report the same:

  • Police complaint -- If all the RWAs in adjacent areas where work is under way at night, make a joint appeal/complaint to the Police Inspector, it works best.
Dial 100--Calling on 100 is important because calls to this line are recorded and therefore have to be closed properly. Also if many residents from the area call 100 at the same time, issue will get escalated and construction will have to shut down at 6:30. This has to be done repeatedly.
Make a written complaint -- While making a written complaint, ensure that you get an acknowledgement. Escalation to the written complaint can be done by emailing to the commissioner here.Another way to lodge a complaint with the City Police Commissioner's office appears to be through JustDial.com, accessible here.

All these steps would help us later in case we have to approach the court for relief.

  • Send a notice through a lawyer to the Construction company warning that they are in contempt of court. Here as well, important thing is that a group or groups should jointly make representation and NOT individuals.
  • Get sanctioned plan through RTI and then track violations
  • File a written complaint to the AEE/BBMP in your area.