Q. With reference to noise pollution, consider the following statements:
1.Noise pollution and its sources were regulated under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
2.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has laid down the permissible noise levels in India for different areas.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] .2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:

Statement 1 is incorrect:  Earlier, noise pollution and its sources were addressed under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. They are now, however, regulated separately under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

Statement 2 is correct: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has laid down the permissible noise levels in India for different areas.

  • In industrial areas, the permissible limit is 75 dB for daytime and 70 dB at night.
  • In commercial areas, it is 65 dB and 55 dB.
  • In residential areas, it is 55 dB and 45 dB during daytime and night respectively.

Source: Indian Express