Finally after decades, Mumbai recognises the concept of a silent zone.
The first suggestion of a silent zone, that was already prevalent across the world, was made in 1984 after the first noise pollution report.
After two decades, silent zones have finally been demarcated but what about implementation?
“It can’t be overnight blanket application,” said Dr Yeshwant Oke, founder-member, anti noise pollution committee. “First, the administration must focus on areas where there are most complaints and then they can slowly implement it across the city.”
Demarcation of zones is the first step. What is more important is creating awareness among citizens about the physical and
psychological effects of noise pollution, so that they refrain from it voluntarily.
Indian culture has always been noise based — be it weddings or political rallies, with firecrackers and musical bands. All celebrations involve noise. It is this mindset of noise as an expression of joy that has to change and only then will any demarcation truly work.