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  • I regularly read Down To

    I regularly read Down To Earth. Thank you for this immensely educative article.

    The problem is: No ministry or public authority is looking at proactively reducing noise levels by putting up sound barriers around highways, railway lines etc.

    I live in Mumbai, Borivli, in a relatively quiet neighbourhood near the Western Express Highway.

    A number of high-rise apartment blocks have been built alongside this extremely noisy highway, and all the flats facing the highway -- right upto the 30th or 40th floor, are constantly bombarded with a steady roar of traffic noise. We recently considered buying a house on the 18th floor, but we didn't, because I couldn't stand the steady bass noise, even at a distance of over a kilometre from the highway as the crow flies. And this noise was very disturbing, even through two layers of glass.

    I have experienced that Bass noise travels through the entire structure as vibrations, and is conveyed to us even through the seats on which we sit and the beds on which we sleep. I shudder at the thought of my family living in such conditions 24x7. It would be extremely disturbing mentally, and exhausting physically.

    But I am continually amazed to see large numbers of educated and seemingly intelligent families buying such houses and paying over1.2 crores for them. Apart from hearing loss, it must be causing psychiatric disorders and aggravating pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease!

    Warm Regards,
    Krishnaraj Rao
    98215 88114

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • I live in Himachal Pradesh.

    I live in Himachal Pradesh. we call our state Devbhumi. Here one can find temples in plenty and on every temple top one can notice a loudspeaker meant to torture people by playing 2nd grade Bhajans at full pitch witout caring for the ones who lives nearby.

    During navratras(The 9 holy days) the season of Jagrans continue for 9 days and all the laws are flouted. Cheap singers keep on chanting the Bhajans based on famous filmi songs at full pitch and no body dares to stop them not even the police who may be present in the pandal for keeping law and order.

    If someone objects to this violation of law he/she is treated as a traitor. but to stop this menace one must be ready to be a taitor even.

    Thanks for such an eye opener article and hope the people will now understand the menace called noise pollution.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • 15 years of living in

    15 years of living in Bangalore I suspect I have mild hearing loss. While travelling by public transport, women are seated in the front of the bus - close to the noisy engine and horn. I wonder if this layout aggravated it.

    I have now moved to a rural area - but even here the sound of internal combustion engines is ubiquitous - brush cutters, tipper trucks, and tourists - who come to enjoy the quiet countryside but insist on playing their favourite music loudly in their vehicles. The weekends are the noisiest.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • stories about

    stories about himachal,bangalore and chennai ,mumbai are sober versions. u can not imagine the condition of kolkata. its beyond all limits. no body bothers here. its intrinsic to its loud culture.its lack of confidence,restlessness,anxiety,sense of left behind,crudeness of civil society. the all great stories of 'culture capital' are myth,blindfaith,hankering on past laurels (contested always)...
    HONKING apart from LYNCHING are two things which keeps kolkata apart from all civilised has a social sanctity by people,politics,administration,police ,law and even culture including singing...
    its a living hell on these matrix.people don't respect private space. all this is done and passed in the name of 'para culture' sarbajanin..vibrant and throbbing SAMAJIKATA...

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Excelent article indeed.

    Excelent article indeed. SOUND CURFEW during night hours is VERY NECESSARY and that is possible only when laws are enacted properly. How many of us know that there can not be loudspeaker in open places (even in lowest volume) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m? How many people know that you can't blow even the Scooter horn during the night hours? How many police officers in India have imposed IPC 268, 290 and 291 apart from the Environment Protection Act-1986 against Noise Pollution.
    Well, Varanasi is an exception where almost all the police stations are active on this front & even the religious places have faced the heat from police & law. Not one, but numerous cases have been registered against marriage lawns, D.J. people, Band people and people can get their neighbor's noisy generators silenced in 15 working days. We at Satya Foundation started this campaign on 10th February 2008 and with active participation of people and media, the police & administration have taken up noise control on top priority. But still a long way to go... Chetan Upadhyaya, Founder Secretary, Satya Foundation 09212735622

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
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