In view of various difficulties being faced in the society due to noise pollution, the Central Government recently amended  The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 , and came out with  The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) (Amendment) Rules, 2010
Through the recent amendment, stress has been laid on making the night time less noisy and peaceful. Restrictions have been imposed on use of horns, sound emitting construction equipments and bursting of fire crackers during night time.

Community loud speaker now include not just 'Public Address System' but also any 'Sound Producing Instruments'.

The said Noise Rules, 2000 require the concerned State/UT Administration to designate an 'Authority' responsible for maintaining the ambient noise standards in respective State/UT. Similarly, number and particular of days, not exceeding 15 in a calendar year, on which a two hour exemption (10.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight), for use of loudspeaker or public address system and the like, would be operative, are to be notified by the concerned State Governments on the pattern of notification of Gazetted holidays.

The Rules also said that no horn shall be used in silence zones or during night time in residential areas except during a public emergency. It also prohibited to use or operate sound emitting construction equipments during night time in residential areas and silence zones

If the concerned authority is satisfied from the report of an officer incharge of a police station or other information received by him including from the complainant that it is necessary to do so in order to prevent annoyance, disturbance, discomfort or injury to anyone in the public, he may, by a written order issue such directions as he may consider necessary.