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How residents grounded an airport

delhi Updated: May 28, 2009 01:23 IST
Avishek G Dastidar
Avishek G Dastidar
Hindustan Times
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Tired of waking with a start every time a flight landed at IGI, residents decided to take matters in their own hands.

Residents of Vasant Kunj, Dwarka and Pushpanjali Enclave got hold of an ambient noise-measuring device in February.

Using the gadget, they found the airport authorities had been vastly downsizing the noise levels in their localities (HT, February 18).

“To our horror, we found the noise recorded in our noise meter was twice the level of what the authorities were claiming it to be,” said Anil Sood of Vasant Kunj RWA.

“That’s when we decided to go to the courts. The monitoring figures formed an incriminating proof.”

Vasant Kunj RWA has been spearheading the movement against aircraft noise in South Delhi.

Residents made good use of the machine that came up with astounding figures.

At most places, the maximum noise was 92 decibel. It was twice the limit prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for residential areas at night.

The CPCB data shows that the maximum noise level of peak-hour traffic at Central Delhi’s busy ITO intersection is around 86 decibel.

So South Delhi residents were being transported to ITO every time a flight took off or landed.