Anti-noise pollution drive starts today in Mumbai

‘Horn, not OK, Please’ is a 15-day drive starting from Saturday during which motorists will be urged not to honk their vehicles to control Noise pollution in Mumbai

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The regional transport offices of Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Department will have a 15-day drive from December 2 to 18, to check Noise pollution in Mumbai. The idea of this drive is to urge motorists to avoid honking to keep the city peaceful.

The RTO officers will distribute pamphlets with a message, “We are from transport department of Maharashtra. We request you not to honk. Our city is too noisy and let’s makes it peaceful – on traffic signals,” as a part of the drive.

Vehicular noise is undoubtedly the top source of Noise pollution in Mumbai, with an alarming level as high as 110 decibels which is equivalent to a concert or live rock band. Experts say that musical, pressure or multi-tone horns, often used by bikers make the city more noisier. Earlier this year, the central pollution control board has banned the use of such horns in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

According to World Health Organisation, exposure of more than 70 decibels of sound can result in hearing loss.

The drive is a first for Mumbai. Flying squads from RTOs at Nanded, Latur, Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur and Nashik have been called by the department to ensure smooth functioning of the drive.

Additional transport commissioner Satish Sahashtrabudhe assessed the preparations during the review meeting on Friday.

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