What’s the point of norms if we keep relaxing them?
Almost all zones are silent till something like a cultural festival comes up. So what is the point of declaring an area a silence zone if it can be relaxed when the norms are most needed? Norms are not meant to be flexible. Hence, a zone is either a silence zone or it is not. There shouldn’t be anything like: “Yes it is, but right now we are having a Navratri function here.” These functions can carry on in places that are still not a part of this norm.
Nidhi Atal Poddar
Let’s create of new tradition of silence
Silence zone norms need not be relaxed for long-standing cultural traditions. Certain places or areas are declared silence zones with a purpose and it cannot be limited only for a specified period. The rule is applicable 24x7 and is not seasonal.
There is a common terminology in the banking industry with regard to cheques: ‘Once a bearer, always a bearer’. Similarly, a spot or an area that is once identified as a silence zone should remain so, under all circumstances. Exceptions should be made only for emergencies.
In a civilized society, people are expected to cultivate the habit of generating less noise. It is us who have introduced these cultural traditions. But tradition is not mandatory. So why can’t we bring about a new tradition to lessen noise pollution? Any cultural tradition cannot be to the detriment of society.
Prem K Menon
We can make a few exceptions
Navratri and Durga puja are celebrated with lot of fanfare in Mumbai. A festival such as Navratri lasts for nine days and relaxing silence zone norms for the entire period will not appropriate.
The government can make an exception for one day. But it must ensure that areas near hospitals are not exempted from the rule. A relaxation of the silence zone norms can be provided on Friday and Saturday so that people are least inconvenienced.
The level of noise will still need to be kept in check and cannot be allowed to be uncontrolled. Relaxation in norms with some amount of sanity would make sense.
Deadline is killing Navratri in Mumbai
The government should relax silence zone norms, at least for festivals such as Navratri. The 10 pm deadline is too early for Mumbaiites who reach home late from work, after struggling with traffic snarls, crowded trains and buses and irritating autorickshaw drivers. The government should extend the deadline to midnight.
Are we ashamed of our culture?
This topic makes me feel that we have become so modern that even annual religious festivals are coming under rules and regulations.
Today’s Indians seem to be ashamed of their own cultures and are busy enjoying New Year and Valentine Day celebrations, which are not even part of our culture.
When it comes to our own festivals we are talking about silence zones.
I agree that the silence zone norms should be relaxed, but there should be a time limit.
Pretty Kt Mirchandani
Find a better site for second airport
The unwanted imbroglio created by the decision to put up an airport at Navi Mumbai must be stopped. Apart from being an environment concern, the Navi Mumbai project will reach a saturation point within 20 years. The Ministry of Environment is right in demanding three alternative sites near Mumbai. In my opinion the best corridor would be the area near Mumbai-Nasik highway. Else, a site somewhere close to Asangaon would be conducive too, as this belt has more of government land. It is also less populated and will also be convenient to pilots to take off and land their planes.
Above all, there won’t be any effect on the environment.
Nitin B Hoskote
reader of the week
Help the tribes of Jawahar
I read Hindustan Times’s touching report on the tribal people of Jawhar and how the government got motivated by the report on a woman who sold her baby for Rs 400.
I’d like to reach out to the people of Jawhar.
We can help set up a community-based small business venture for the women there to help them develop a support system. Also, we could look into the option of setting up a small orphanage for the abandoned children of this region.