Senior officers from Mumbai police and the traffic department on Wednesday took part in a discussion to curb noise pollution in the city.
This was one of the many initiatives undertaken by NGO Awaaz Foundation on International Noise Awareness Day.
The NGO shared its inputs about the noise campaigns that it had undertaken in the past year.
The Mumbai police commissioner was present at the discussion. “It was very informative and helped all officers understand the issue,” said Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner, traffic.
He added, “Our officers were briefed about the violations and asked to crackdown on them.”
Sumaira Abdulali, convener, Awaaz Foundation, said, “The police are our main defence against noise pollution and also the most affected. The time has come for direct action.”
Citizens took to the streets on Wednesday carrying placards, interviewing people and asking them about the difficulties they face due to noise pollution in Mumbai.
Under a joint campaign by Sprouts Environment Trust and Awaaz Foundation called Awaaz Bandh, close to 70 underprivileged girls were sensitised about noise pollution.
They made posters to raise awareness.
“The girls were told about the difference between natural sound levels and the noise generated by us, which generally progresses into a health hazard,” said Anand Pendharkar, director, Sprouts.
Shivaji Park residents campaigned with senior citizens and children about the residential colony being a Silence Zone.
“We discussed the health hazards that noise pollution directly causes. All age groups are affected by it,” said Sadhana Mahashabde, chairman, Global Enviro Solutions, the non-governmental organisation that carried out the drive.