Consensus sought on noise laws
COLOMBO: The Central Environment Authority will take steps to
introduce legislation to prevent noise pollution.
The Supreme Court had accepted the Central Environment Authority's
proposals in this regard and the draft proposals are now with the Legal
Draftsman's Department for final touches.
The Director General of the Central Environment Authority (CEA),
Pasan Gunasena said they would hold a Symposium on September 13 to
indicate their position on the proposals.
Environment and Natural Resources Minister Champaka Ranawaka is
expected to participate in the symposium, which will be open to the
public including the parties directly or indirectly affected by noise
CEA Director General Gunasena said, the new regulations have a
special bearing on community based noise pollution as there have not
been substantial legislature in this regard.
" The existing legislation is based on industrial noise pollution,"
he said. The Central Environment Authority had made the relevent
proposals following an order by the Supreme Court to formulate
regulations to set out accepted standards with regard to community
The CEA appointed an 11-member expert technical committee to draft
the regulations following this order. On the draft regulations being
presented to the Supreme Court, an environmental NGO and an interested
person had intervened and expressed their concerns about the
The proposals had been redrafted after considering the ideas of these
two parties before the draft was submitted to the Supreme Court for the