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No-honking drive, Mumbai style

The Nashik police seem to have taken a lesson from their Mumbai counterparts, reports Megha Sood.

mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2009 00:29 IST
Megha Sood

The Nashik police seem to have taken a lesson from their Mumbai counterparts.

Inspired by the success of the ‘No Honking’ drive in Mumbai, the Nashik traffic police and the Regional Transport Office (RTO) have started a similar campaign against musical and air pressure horns in the city.

Nashik is the second city to in the state after Mumbai to start such a drive.

In the first three days of the drive that began on November 9, the Nashik traffic police have booked over 2,100 drivers and collected Rs 1.5 lakh as fine.

“We were getting several complaints about increasing noise levels emitted by air pressure and musical horns. We had observed the no honking drive in Mumbai and based on that, we have started booking drivers and fining them in Nashik,” said Sanjay Dole, assistant commissioner of Nashik RTO.

And the police are not only fining the violators, but also getting rid of the horns, the root cause of the problem.

“In many residential areas and silence zones, the noise levels from horns exceed the permissible 60-75 dB,” said Sandipant Kamble, assistant commissioner of Nashik Police (Traffic).

“Fining them is not the only thing we are doing to stop the use of loud horns. We take along a mechanic who removes the horns from the vehicle while we fine the driver,” added Kamble.

The drive is carried on between 10 am and 1 pm and from 5 pm till 8 pm on the Nashik-Agra road and at different junctions across the city that are near to schools and hospitals.

The traffic police have booked a luxury bus driver and gas delivery vehicle driver under the Environment Act for exceeding decibel levels over 100 dB around a hospital. Their report would be sent to the assistant commissioner of traffic police and if found guilty, they could be fined Rs 1 lakh and imprisoned.

This drive will continue till the number of noise pollution complaints decrease.

The Mumbai police, which had begun the ‘No Honking’ drive last year, has fined 757 drivers between November 2 and November 8 this year.