Traf­fic cops to launch anti-noise drive

Po­lice will hold sem­i­nars, work­shops in schools, col­leges, IT parks

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

Fol­low­ing the in­creas­ing noise lev­els in the city, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice de­part­ment has planned to start an anti-noise cam­paign next month.

The traf­fic po­lice are plan­ning to start a week-long aware­ness cam­paign to curb the men­ace. This is the first time that the traf­fic po­lice will hold sem­i­nars and work­shops to spread aware­ness on noise pol­lu­tion among cit­i­zens.

“We will con­duct a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties as a part of the anti-noise pol­lu­tion cam­paign. The cam­paign will in­clude sem­i­nars at schools and col­leges, IT parks, com­mer­cial ar­eas and pub­lic places,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (DCP), Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice.

“We are also try­ing to rope in ac­tivists to con­duct talks. We also plan to make short films and screen it at lo­cal mul­ti­plexes for cre­at­ing so­cial aware­ness. Be­sides, ban­ners and posters will be put up at im­por­tant roads and junc­tions,” he said.

Salve said that the fi­nal dates for the cam­paign have not been fi­nalised yet, as they were plan­ning the sched­ule.

Of­fi­cials said they had re­ceived a lot of com­plaints on their helpline num­bers and email from res­i­dents about honk­ing in sev­eral parts of the city, even in si­lence zones near hos­pi­tals and schools.

“Mo­torists are also found honk­ing on ma­jor roads such as Palm Beach Road or SionPan­vel high­way which is of no use,” said the traf­fic of­fi­cial.

Last year, in Septem­ber, the state gov­ern­ment had is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in the same re­gard ask­ing all the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fices across the state to take stern ac­tion against mo­torists flout­ing noise norms. But, no drive has been taken to check the same yet.

Cit­i­zens were also en­cour­aged to record videos ev­ery time they hear a driver honk­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily and send the clips to the RTO of­fice.

“Ac­cord­ing to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion we re­ceived last year, we will is­sue a show-cause no­tice to the ve­hi­cle af­ter get­ting a com­plaint and levy a fine of Rs1, 000,” said San­jay Dhaygude, deputy RTO, Vashi.

“If driv­ers fail to re­spond within a stip­u­lated pe­riod, they would be fined Rs2,000. How­ever, no such com­plaint has been reg­is­tered yet,” Dhaygude added.

Res­i­dents said honk­ing is a prob­lem across the city and many ve­hi­cles flout norms. “I live near For­tis Hos­pi­tal at Sec­tor 10, Vashi, with my par­ents who are se­nior cit­i­zens. There is a con­stant prob­lem of honk­ing in the area. Mo­torists cre­ate noise pol­lu­tion in the area that has a hos­pi­tal, res­i­den­tial so­ci­eties, schools and col­leges,” said Sid­dhesh Rao, 24.

Vashi res­i­dent and ac­tivist Ajay Marathe said the anti-noise aware­ness cam­paign is needed as most mo­torists usu­ally flout rules.

“Ve­hi­cles in­stall mul­ti­toned horns even though they are banned. Some even have sirens even though they are al­lowed only for spe­cial ve­hi­cles. Mo­torists are found honk­ing con­tin­u­ously even at the sig­nals. If noise pol­lu­tion is re­duced, it would cre­ate a healthy en­vi­ron­ment,” Marathe said.

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