Sri Lanka is Noisy ?

Sri Lanka is Noisy ?

A comprehensive review of Sri Lanka’s laws and regulations concerning noise pollution has been conducted, culminating in a report presented to the Minister of Justice. The expert committee responsible for this report meticulously examined noise pollution laws from various countries to inform their recommendations.

Chaired by Supreme Court Justice Mahinda Samayawardena, the committee comprised representatives from key government departments such as the Solicitor General’s office, Ministry of Environment, Central Environment Authority, Police, and legal experts. Their collaborative efforts aimed to address the pressing issue of noise pollution across Sri Lanka.

While Sri Lanka currently has Noise Regulations No.1 of 1996 under the National Environmental Act, these primarily focus on mitigating noise from industrial sources rather than community activities. This regulatory gap has allowed places of religious worship and traders’ associations to utilize loudspeakers without restraint, disregarding the impact on surrounding communities.

Public Health and Well-Being


The unchecked proliferation of noise pollution poses significant challenges to public health and well-being, affecting communities across the island nation. Residents are subjected to constant disruptions, hindering their quality of life and contributing to various health concerns.

Enforcing existing regulations and implementing stricter measures to curb noise pollution from all sources, including religious and commercial activities, is imperative. Effective enforcement mechanisms and public awareness campaigns are essential steps towards creating quieter, more peaceful environments conducive to the well-being of all Sri Lankans.

Noise regulations are primarily governed by the Noise Control Regulations Act of 2006. This Act aims to protect individuals from excessive and unnecessary noise that may disturb their peace and well-being. It is enforced by the relevant local authorities throughout the country.

Noise is an underestimated threat that can cause a number of short- and long-term health problems, such as for example sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, poorer work and school performance, hearing impairment, etc.


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