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Updated: August 3, 2012 13:52 IST

An assault on the eardrum

G. V. R. Subba Rao
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Noise pollution is on the increase in the city. Photo: By Arrangement
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Noise pollution is on the increase in the city. Photo: By Arrangement

The Police Control Room is one of noisiest junctions in the city

The blaring of horns on city roads is a common phenomenon. The tendency to drive the vehicle with a hand on horn is jacking up the noise pollution with every sunrise.

If the noise pollution levels were to be considered, the officials concerned were doing very little to control the noise pollution. The police and Road Transport Authority (RTA) are supposed to keep tab on it. But, there are hardly any measures taken in that direction. Growing number of vehicles and deliberate honking are said to be the main reasons that made the city end up on top of noise pollution level charts.

The Police Control Room (PCR), one of the busiest junctions in the city, is the biggest offender during daytime at a loud noise exceeding 70 decibel (db) on any given day; according to the ambient sound quality standards, maximum noise must not exceed 55 db. The PCR Junction, however, recorded 71 db -75.2 db in May this year, according to Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) data. With the buses coming from and going to city bus terminus, merger of Eluru and Bandar Roads, flyover carrying One Town traffic etc. meet at the PCR junction leading to snail’s pace of movement of traffic at the PCR Junction. The restless vehicle uses bang their horns at their will.

The Benz Circle, another junction where movement of heavy transport vehicles is high, is no exception. The Benz Circle recorded 64.7 db to 72.4 db. Interestingly, Autonagar, an industrial area, has recorded much less than the PCR and the Benz Circle junctions. The noise pollution in Autonagar hovered around 59.9db sometimes reaching 61db. Not surprisingly, noise levels are high in almost all commercial areas like Besant Road.

As the PCB is not recording the noise pollution in commercial areas, no exact data is available. The PCB records noise pollution levels at the PCR, Benz Circle and Autonagar ten times in a month.

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