What are the ways to curb noise pollution?

Posted by Stuti Parekh on 29 May, 2018

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A limit on the number of honks allowed per day

Posted by Prachi Kishore on 29 May, 2018

Ears are as vital a body organ as any other. Noise pollution can lead to hormonal and cardiovascular disruptions, impaired cognition, stress and anxiety & most obviously hearing impairment or loss. A side effect of rapid urbanization is the number of cars there are on the roads making them congested, and driving, a nightmare. However, some people choose to take their frustration out by honking or simply do not understand why they should not. This compulsive habit of some, needs to be curbed for the greater good of all. 

Since voluntary action in this concern seems a bit impossible, imposition in the form of restricting the number of horns one can honk seems like a good way to go. This idea can be executed by installing honking meters in cars that allow maximum 5 horns in a day. If you don’t use some for the day, they get accumulated and added to your driving license as redeemable points. These points can be redeemed in case of a challan. For e.g.: if I save 50 honks, Rupees 100 (or a suitable amount) gets added to my driving license and in case I mistakenly jump a red light next time, I can pay Rupees 100 less to the patrollers.

In case someone exhausts the number of honks per day but is in a dire emergency to use one, a simple one button recharge using money can be done. This can be achieved by linking wallets to the meter so that an immediate payment won’t have to be made but eventually the defaulter pays. This should also be a substantial amount e.g.: Rupees 30/40/50 per extra honk, to consciously manage the noise pollution made in a day.

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