Deafening Delhi: Traffic police, municipal bodies told to curb noise pollution

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has asked the traffic police, public works department and municipal corporations to take steps to bring down noise pollution in the city and submit an action taken report by August 20.

Traffic jam at the ITO junction in New Delhi. (File photo used for representational purpose) (MINT_PRINT)
Traffic jam at the ITO junction in New Delhi. (File photo used for representational purpose)

The directions have been issued after an analysis at 31 locations in Delhi in June revealed that noise pollution levels exceeded the prescribed limits at 26 locations.

The locations included hospitals, educational institutions, commercial and residential areas.

According to the DPCC, a survey in July found vehicular movement, traffic congestion, honking, road bottlenecks, congestion at parking sites, construction activities and air conditioning exhaust to be contributing to noise pollution at these locations.

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The pollution control body has now asked the Delhi Traffic Police and PWD to remove bottlenecks and carry out realignment of roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic so as to bring down noise pollution levels.

The agencies have been asked to submit an action taken report by August 20, according to officials.

The DPCC has also asked the municipal corporations to remove "chaotic conditions" at parking sites, markets, and to install noise barriers around construction sites to bring noise levels within permissible limits.

First Published Date: 10 Aug 2020, 15:02 PM IST
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