Aircraft noise row lands in court
Doctors, nurses and patients at the multi-speciality Indian Spinal Injuries Hospital at Vasant Kunj have joined 6,000 residents of the area against sound pollution caused by aircraft landing on IGI airport’s third and new runway, reports HT Correspondentindia Updated: Dec 10, 2009 00:38 IST
Doctors, nurses and patients at the multi-speciality Indian Spinal Injuries Hospital at Vasant Kunj have joined 6,000 residents of the area against sound pollution caused by aircraft landing on IGI airport’s third and new runway.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Director General of Civil Aviation and Delhi International Airport Limited on a PIL filed by the hospital seeking directions to reduce noise pollution. The hospital said patients suffered 24 hours due to the roaring sound of aircraft flying low over the area as they prepared to land and it was “beyond the permissible level."
The hospital’s lawyer Manisha Dhir said in the PIL that: “Patients have been constantly suffering on account of immense noise pollution ..doctors are receiving complaints from friends and relatives of patients that they are suffering from sleeplessness on a regular basis as a result of which their condition has deteriorated further”.
Said Dhir: “Even doctors performing surgeries have been complaining about the repeated distractions caused by the low flying aircraft and have been recommending the hospital authorities to take emergent steps to address the issue”.
Doctors said repeated exposure to such high levels of noise can lead to permanent impairment in certain organs of weak patients.
Rajiv Nayar, senior lawyer appearing for airport operator DIAL assured the court that several steps like imposition of night curfew on the runway had been taken.
Nayar said the touchdown point of aircraft approaching from the Vasant Kunj side had also been advanced further by 1.4 kms. This means aircraft will be flying higher over the area, he said.