In the city noise pollution levels city are found to be way beyond the prescribed decibel limits in the city leading to ailments and neglected to control noise pollution.
The State Pollution Control Board’s job is confined to examination and monitoring the noise levels under the ‘The Noise Pollution Rules issued in the year 2000.’ The enforcement part is the job of the traffic police and municipal body.
A source with TS PCB said “While cops are happy to fine cars for all kinds of offences, from no parking to making an illegal U-turn, little or no action is taken when it comes to honking near a hospital premises. The traffic police, who are expected to monitor the noise levels are not even equipped with equipment such as noise meters, nor are they trained in measuring noise levels.”
GHMC and HMDA which have to earmark schools, hospitals and courts as ‘Silence Zones’ and take measures for abetment of noise , have done little.
Dr A. Vamshidhra, a medical expert said “Prolonged exposure to loud noise causes an increase in stress and anxiety. Many complain of sleep disorder and irritability after being exposed to continuous traffic noise. In children, it can also damage the ear drums and brain”.