Make a Cap­i­tal Noise About Achhe Din

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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.

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