LO­CALS DE­MAND NOISE BAR­RI­ERS ALONG BUSY AMRA MARG

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The con­stant noise from the traf­fic on the Amra Marg, which con­nects the Sion- Pan­vel High­way to Be­la­pur, Ulwe and Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust, has left the res­i­dents of nearby hous­ing so­ci­eties dis­grun­tled. Rais­ing the is­sue of noise pol­lu­tion, they have de­manded noise bar­ri­ers along the road.

A group of res­i­dents from hous­ing so­ci­eties such as Neel Sid­dhi At­lantis, Ekta Vi­har, Nil­giri CHS and Har­bour View CHS met MLA Manda Mha­tre re­cently to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of in­tense sound pol­lu­tion.

Res­i­dents al­leged that the heavy ve­hi­cles such as con­tainer trail­ers and trucks ply­ing on this road cause noise pol­lu­tion through­out the day. The group of mem­bers also met the com­mis­sioner of po­lice Prab­hat Ran­jan and deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic) Arvind Salve over the is­sue this week.

The res­i­dents had sub­mit­ted sev­eral let­ters in the past to the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) and other au­thor­i­ties, re­quest­ing them to re­move the speed break­ers on the road and in­stall sound bar­ri­ers.

“Al­though there have been re­peated com­plaints to the civic body, the au­thor­i­ties have failed to pay heed to our re­quests. The deci­bel level within this res­i­den­tial zone is cer­tainly much higher than per­mis­si­ble limit,” said Shan­tanu Pan­dit, a res­i­dent of Neel Sid­dhi At­lantis.

An­other res­i­dent Ab­hay Ti­wari said, “The traf­fic on this road will in­crease fur­ther once Ulwe and the up­com­ing air­port de­velop.”

NMMC had pro­posed to in­stall noise bar­ri­ers along the stretch three years ago but the project could not take off as the bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion was less than the price quoted by the bid­ders.

“We will have a meet­ing re­gard­ing the same with the con­cerned de­part­ments and de­cide pos­si­ble so­lu­tions on the is­sue,” said Arvind Salve, DCP traf­fic, Navi Mum­bai.

MLA Manda Mha­tre said, “I have spo­ken to po­lice com­mis­sioner to look into the is­sue.”

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