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Arua City Moves to Regulate Noise Pollution :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Arua City Moves to Regulate Noise Pollution

Khemis Muzaidi, the mayor central division in Arua city explains that they decided to take action following receiving numerous complaints from the members of the community about the high level of noise pollution. He further notes that they have issued a one-week ultimatum to the proprietors of major noise producers to comply or face being fined.
28 Jul 2023 13:21
Copy of Central Division statement over noise pollution

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Authorities of the Central Division in Arua City have directed event organizers, video, mobile money, and bars to manage their music levels or pay hefty fines.

In a notice issued on July 27, Malic Drakuma, the Central Division Town Clerk, notes that a joint survey conducted by the technical team of the division last week in the Central Business District (CBD) area discovered high levels of noise pollution.

“This is to bring to your attention the joint survey conducted by the technical team of the division last week in the Central Business District (CBD) area that discovered high levels of noise pollution”, the statement released by central division town clerk Malic Drakuma reads in parts.

According to the division authorities, if not regulated the high levels of noise in the city center could result in hearing impairments, speech interferences, rampant accidents, and interruption of business within the noise pollution areas among others.

“The purpose of this communication is, therefore, to caution you to desist from the aforementioned acts for failure to comply shall result in payment of fine not exceeding one hundred currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both”, it further stated.

Khemis Muzaidi, the mayor central division in Arua city explains that they decided to take action following receiving numerous complaints from the members of the community about the high level of noise pollution. He further notes that they have issued a one-week ultimatum to the proprietors of major noise producers to comply or face being fined.

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Sections 11-16 of the National Environment (Noise and Vibrations Standards and Control) Regulations, 2013, impose a fine not exceeding one hundred currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both for any person who contravenes this Regulation commits an offense upon conviction.

Furthermore, the regulation imposes an additional fine not exceeding one thousand currency points in case of a continuing offense for every day or part of the day during which the offense continues.

Schedule 1 of the National Environment Regulations, 2013, limits the maximum permissible levels of sound for general environment especially mixed residential (commercial and entertainment) areas to 55 decibels (dB), the unit of sound pressure level during the day, and 60 dB at night hours.

The regulation further limits the maximum permissible sound levels for public announcement systems or devices to 60 dB and 40 dB during day and night respectively in residential areas. While in commercial areas 75 dB and 40 dB during day and night respectively for commercial areas.

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