Throwing all norms to the wind, various automobiles continue to use pressure horns on the city roads. A Supreme Court ruling, under Section 119 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, has banned use of hooters and pressure horns. Using pressure horns is also an offence under Section 190 (2) of the Motor Vehicles Act-1988.
Moreover, DJs are equally responsible for increase in the noise pollution levels in the city. Despite the ban on use of loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am, a large number of marriage palaces, clubs and religious institutions use them, adding to the noise pollution. The DJs are played even in residential colonies till late in the night.
Despite traffic police deployed in major areas of the city, honking goes unchecked near Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, Bhaiwala Chowk and Aaarti Chowk. No one cares to stop this menace near educational institutions, hospitals and old-age homes.
Late night DJ parties are another big trouble. No one cares even for the elderly neighbours from which many may be patients, who require peaceful environment.With wedding season at its peak, late night DJ parties never end and on other hand exams are also on of Classes 10 and 12. Fire crackers also get busted continuously for hours during any time of the night.
Bullet bikes also add to the woes of the city residents. Several denizens especially the elderly lot feels that entry of these bikes must be banned.
Various city-based NGOs and social activists keep raising their voice against noise pollution, but all their efforts prove futile. Traffic police also organises seminars and meetings in this regard, but in vain as the menace is going on unabated. Challans and fines are also slapped for using pressure horns and loudspeakers during the banned hours.
Vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, AS Brar has already banned entry of these bikes since last two years in the university campus.
“Being an ENT specialist, rising noise pollution can cause many problems. Ears are constantly exposed to lot of noise on roads, which silently keeps affecting ear drum. That is why we daily get many patients with ear problems. There are cases of total loss of hearing as well. High level of noise severely affects our sleep pattern,” said ENT specialist and professor at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, Dr Manish Munjal. email@example.com