The Tripura High Court has directed the Agartala Municipal Corporation to unseal a fish storing unit, after the owner of the unit agreed to give an undertaking that he would shift the air conditioning machine to a different location, thereby stopping noise pollution, caused by it.
Chief Justice Akil Kureshi, while hearing a petition filed by the unit owner Rajib Lodh, was told that the petitioner wishes to shift the outer unit of the air conditioning machine which is the main cause of noise pollution and install the same at some other place, in conformity with the rules and regulations of Tripura Pollution Control Board (TPCP).
The owner thus prayed for a direction to the civic body to permit him to enter the premises, assemble the machineries which according to him were dismantled by the said authorities and to shift and install the outer unit at some other suitable place. The Corporation as per an order dated 6th December, 2019 on the ground that the unit was causing unchecked noise pollution in the area had sealed it.
The Court in its order dated March 5, said "When the applicant has, thus, indicated that he no longer intends to operate the fish storing business at the current site, the question of continued sealing of the said premises no longer survives.The sealing of the premises was ordered since it was found that the unit was breaching the noise pollution levels. The applicant shall file an undertaking before the Registry of this Court within a week from today declaring that at the current site he would not restart the same business without clearance from TPCB. In anticipation of filing of such undertaking, the AMC shall remove the seals at the site latest by 10th March, 2020."