Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave concerns over misuse of loudspeakers


NEW DELHI: Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave has expressed anger as people do misuse of loudspeakers and horns in cities. He has requested the people to utilize horn only when it is badly required.

Dave told to TOI,“I would like to launch an awareness programme to sensitise people about the ill-effects of honking and undisciplined use of loudspeakers”.

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He added that, "Supreme Court too has come forward (with certain dos and don'ts as far as noise pollution is concerned). But I think instead of regulation, if the society itself starts making efforts through disciplined use of horns and the public address system, it will show encouraging results in due course."

Dave said, "Children are our future. They need to be sensitised about ill-effects of honking and noise pollution. They are the ones who can ask their parents not to use horns unnecessarily . This will also prepare them for the future."

Currently, noise generating sources are being controlled under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 as per the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Minister said, "We are concerned and we have been in touch with the transport ministry and local civic authorities…I think, the automobile sector (vehicle users and auto parts manufacturers) and people using PA systems need to be disciplined."

"I have travelled across the world and not found such undisciplined use of motor horns and public address systems anywhere, be it USA, west Asian countries, Indonesia, Britain or any European country. We really need to make people aware of such facts and sensitise them towards concerns of other people," said Dave.

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