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‘I don’t want 50,000 to go deaf in Delhi’

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has taken up the cause of Vasant Kunj residents, who have been complaining of sleepless nights due to the noise created by aircraft landing at Delhi airport’s new runway.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2009 00:07 IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has taken up the cause of Vasant Kunj residents, who have been complaining of sleepless nights due to the noise created by aircraft landing at Delhi airport’s new runway.

“I don't want 50,000 people to go deaf in Delhi,” Dikshit said at an aviation seminar on Friday. Dikshit said she had written to the Civil Aviation Ministry last week after residents had petitioned the government, urging it to ensure sound barriers were implemented by the concerned authorities.

In a series of reports, Hindustan Times, has highlighted that noise created by aircraft landing at the airport is affecting Vasant Kunj residents and also the hospitals and schools in the area. Vasant Kunj falls under the flight path taken by aircraft landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s new runway.

“This is a step in the right direction. The Delhi government should help us in resolving the issue,” said Anil Sood, resident, and founder of Chetna, an NGO. “We have petitioned the President, Prime Minister, Civil Aviation Minister, Chief Minister and Directorate General of Civil Aviation,” he said.

While the Ministry said a survey had indicated noise pollution level around the residential area was 5l to 57 decibels and 65 to 85dB on the runway, residents claimed the sound level was 90 dB, causing hearing loss and insomnia among people.

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