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Telangana Pollution Control Board to ban pressure horns and fancy silencers

Hyderabad: In regarding to take preventive measures to control the noise pollution in the city, the use of pressure horns and fancy silencers are recommended to ban, the noise produces by the horns and fancy silencers are 15 per cent above the limits says the data revealed by the Telangana Pollution Control Board.

According to Deccan Chronicle, the ban of two major noise pollutants are pressure horns and fancy silencers were suggested by the Telangana Pollution Control Board.

However there is lot of use of car horns and loud music in the parties and events and events is the major source for noise pollution in the city. It’s very important to make learn people about the dangerous effects of noise pollution.

“Transport authorities should prohibit pressure horns, especially on private vehicles, as they are very disturbing at night. Traffic police should also book more cases for unnecessary honking and should educate people about avoiding excessive honking. There is an urgent need for an ‘action plan’ by the concerned authorities to control noise pollution levels. Pressure horns generally cross 100 decibels, which is very disturbing and dangerous for people. Police sirens are just 75 decibels and according to the rules set by the Supreme Court, even police cars and other emergency vehicles should maintain certain limits, which is why even police’s and VIP convoys using red and blue lights instead of sirens in the city,’’ said a senior official of TSPCB, on condition of anonymity.

Abhiram Pyla, a bike lover and an IT professional from Hyderabad, says, “Instead of banning, I think a limit should be set keeping in mind international brands. For instance, foreign brands without a special silencer is like any other vehicle. Where is the fun in that? Maybe, keeping in mind international standards, a limit should be set and all parties should be made aware of this, which includes traffic cops, riders etc. Otherwise, there is a chance that riders of luxury cruisers might be harassed. When we boast of this being the best city to live in, we can’t form policies based on old laws and old beliefs.”

T Ragunath, Joint Transport Commissioner Admin says that under the Motor Vehicles Act, air horns and multi-toned horns are already banned within city limits.“The big private buses use these horns in the city when they can only use them on highways. Like drunken-driving and other special drives, there should be special drives for monitoring and booking cases against noise pollution violators.

“More awareness should be created among people on how much noise pollution is created by the fancy silencers and honking. Also, public should be aware of decibel level limits. The fines for violators should also be increased,” he added.