Call for noise regulation councils

‘Stringent laws needed to prevent unnecessary honking’

The first global parliament on safe sound has recommended that a noise regulation council be set up in every city or town and that permission for use of loudspeakers at public places like roads be given strictly under supervision.

The three-day international conference organised by the Indian Medical Association in association with the National Initiative for Safe Sound, a social project of IMA, concluded here on Sunday, with a set of draft recommendations for promoting safe sound.

The draft recommendations would be vetted by a committee headed by renowned ENT surgeon Mohan Kameshwaran and submitted to the government.

Noise mapping

It has been recommended that a noise mapping system be put in place for all major cities with a population of more than one lakh.

Motor Vehicles Act should be sufficiently amended to prevent unnecessary honking, especially in sensitive areas and that the fine for unnecessary honking be increased. It was recommended that the production and sale of horns beyond 75 dB sound be banned. Other recommendations include regulating the use of loudspeakers and crackers during festivals and functions; ban on use of loudspeakers after 10 p.m. and before 6 a.m. and creating awareness of mobile use etiquette. Speaking at the conclusion of the conference, State Police Chief Loknath Behera said there was a need to educate lawmakers on the need to ensure safe sound. He said that lessons on safe sound be imparted right from schools and that stringent laws were necessary to prevent unnecessary honking.

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