Silence Zones are the areas within 100 meters of the boundary of:
1. Hospitals, including clinics and nursing homes
2. Educational Institutions
3. Courts, including Government offices or any place where adjudication takes places
4. Religious places including masjids, mandir, churches, gurdwaras etc.
Silence Zones were identified by the MCGM after a Bombay High Court Order directed them to identify and place Silence Zone boards within a week in 2009. In its Order and Judgment of August 2016, the Bombay High Court ruled that Silence Zones do not require any specific Notification by the Government, so long as an area fulfills required definitions. After a failed challenge to the Supreme Court of India, the State is bound to implement Silence Zones in Maharashtra in accordance with Noise Rules and Bombay High Court Orders
"Maharashtra wants to abolish Silence Zones; writes to environment ministry for amending noise rules"
Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, 20th July 2017
The Supreme Court of India and Bombay High Court have ordered that Silence Zone Rules should be strictly implemented, without any religious or cultural bias.
Awaaz Foundation has collected data since 2002. This data has formed the basis of Court Orders and Government Policies.
Traffic noise at hospitals
Festivals in Silence Zones
Notified Silence Zones of Mumbai