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Noise Pollution
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THE ISSUE

EXCESSIVE NOISE AFFECTS QUALITY OF LIFE

Excessive noise can affect our quality of life. However, noise cannot be avoided completely as we become more urbanised and densely populated.

Noise Pollution Issue

THE CHALLENGE

HIGHER DENSITY, MORE NOISE

Singapore is a small and densely populated city-state with an average of over 7,000 residents in each square kilometre of land.

Given our land constraint, there is a limit on setback distances and land buffers that we can provide to keep noise sources such as road and rail traffic away from residential areas.

A balance between meeting residents' expectations and the realities of a densely populated Singapore needs to be carefully maintained in the long run.

Noise Pollution Challenge

OUR EFFORTS

Noise Pollution Efforts

PROGRESS UPDATE

TIGHTER CONTROLS, OUTRIGHT PROHIBITION ENSURE A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

From October 2007, maximum permissible noise limits were tightened for construction sites located within 150m of residential or noise sensitive areas for night-time and on Sundays and Public Holidays.

In September 2011, NEA further introduced a no-work rule, prohibiting construction activities on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The rule covers all new constructions sites commencing work on or after 1 September 2011, and located within 150m of residential or noise sensitive premises such as hospitals and schools.

Noise Pollution Progress

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