Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Noise-high Capital looks for ways to tame decibel demons

BLARING ITO noisiest spot, comparisons of yearly averages show that noise level has exceeded prescribed standards

NEW DELHI: From honking cars to music from the neighbourhood weddings, the decibel demons have pushed the noise levels in the Capital to an uncomfortable high, data says.
The National Green Tribunal had recently rapped the Delhi govt over delay in devising a strategy to counter noise pollution. Dilshad Garden East Arjun Nagar Rohini ITO Dwarka
ITO is the noisiest spot in Delhi, the National Ambient Noise Monitoring Network of the Central Pollution Control Board recently revealed.
Comparisons of yearly averages across five spots in the city from 2011 to 2014 show that the noise level at Delhi has exceeded prescribed standards at most stations almost always.
The spots which were monitored by National Ambient Noise Monitoring Network for four years are Dilshad Garden, Delhi College of Engineering in Rohini, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology in Dwarka, ITO and Central Pollution Control Board headquarters in East Arjun Nagar.
Among these, East Arjun Nagar and Dilshad Garden recorded a massive boom in noise pollution levels in the past few years.
BS Vohra, president of East Delhi RWAs Joint Front (Federation), told Hindustan Times that East Arjun Nagar and Dilshad Garden were arguably the noisiest residential areas of the Capital.
“Dilshad Garden is next to the Uttar Pradesh border and has to bear the heavy load of trucks coming in and going out. East Arjun Nagar, on the other hand, is in close proximity to the Anand Vihar interstate bus terminus, Anand Vihar railway station as well as the Uttar Pradesh border. The Jhilmil industrial area, which is in between the Dilshad Garden, East Arjun Nagar and Anand Vihar adds to the noise pollution here,” Vohra said.
Another clogged corner of the city, Dwarka, too, has emerged as a hotspot for noise pollution. Environmental activist and Noise level in the city is uncomfortably high, data says Figures in decibels (db) 52 60 51 72 55 Dwarka resident Diwan Singh said that this west Delhi locality was ‘extremely noisy’.
“Heavy transit traffic from Gurgaon to west Delhi and a large number of construction activities along with insufficient green buffer zones add to the noise pollution. We need to increase the number of green areas and regulate traffic and construction activities so that the decibel demons can be tamed,” he said.
The National Green Tribunal had recently rapped the Delhi govDIWAN SINGH, Dwarka resident National Safety mark: 55 db 51 59 50 71 55 50 60 51 73 55 51 62 51 74 55 ernment over delay in devising a strategy for better implementation of pollution control laws, especially those regarding noise pollution. The green court had in the last week of March directed the government to convene a meeting in this regard within two weeks. The Delhi government is also set to revise the noise cap for firecrackers. The current sound limit for each firecracker is 125 decibels, while sound levels of up to 70 decibels is considered safe for humans.

with thanks : Hindustan Times, Dated 18.4.2016

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