LUCKNOW IS getting noisier by the day. According to the Post-Monsoon Assessment of Environmental Status of Lucknow City released by Indian Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC), noise level in the city is on the rise. ITRC conducts this survey for environmental status of Lucknow twice a year in order to create public awareness.
In residential areas, samples were taken from Aliganj, Vikas Nagar, Indira Nagar and Gomti Nagar and all locations showed higher values compared to last year.
Day and night noise levels in all locations were recorded between 72.3 and 65.3 to 70.3 dB and all these values were above the permissible limits. Gomti Nagar and Aliganj recorded higher values in comparison to last year while Indira Nagar recorded slightly lower noise levels.
Similarly, in commercial and traffic areas such as Hussainganj, Chowk, Aminabad, Alambagh and Charbagh, the day and night noise level were above the prescribed limit of 65 and 55 db. Only Aminabad showed a reduced trend of noise compared to last year. Noise level in commercial areas were nearly in the same range as last year. In industrial areas, Talkatora showed higher values of noise over the last year compared to Amausi.
The report says elevated noise levels have been associated with adverse impact on human health ranging from minor annoyance to major physiological damage.
The report recommended a complete ban on pressure horn to combat the ill effects of noise pollution.
Regulating agencies have been directed to enforce the standard for control and regulate noise pollution. A loud speaker or public address system shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from the authority.