Make a Capital Noise About Achhe Din
Delhi has reason to feel miffed about its arch-rival Mumbai pipping it to the post when it comes to being the noisiest city, not only in India but the world. It should be a matter of some embarrassment that while Mumbai has bagged the world’s top spot in this category, beating Tokyo and New York, Delhi has come a dismal fourth even in the domestic list, behind the Maximum (Noise) City, Lucknow and Hyderabad. And the key to this discomfiture lies in the four criteria that the Central Pollution Control Board uses to gauge noise pollution: traffic, construction, loudspeakers and firecrackers. It is obvious that buying of vehicles, new buildings and lavish festivities cannot be done without considerable economic activity and disposable incomes. All of these contribute towards not only the bottomlines of businesses but also to the making of good noise — otherwise translated as Achhe Din.
That being the oft-stated goal of the prime minister, the city where he lives has reason to be annoyed that its earnest espousal of that commendable goal has been misunderstood and underestimated. That Mumbai has quietly overtaken it on these crucial parameters must be galling. Maybe enough noise has not been made in the relevant quarters so that the Capital can loudly claim that Achhe Din has been achieved despite the odd-even efforts of certain interested parties.