Now, buses under scrutiny for noise pollution at #Delhi

Our Justice system is on a roll this year, after a lot of controversial bans, around the festival season, the order issued by DTIDCL’s managing director KK Dahiya and states that noise pollution at the bus stands have reached dangerous levels, with loud cries of the bus staff making boarding calls contributing to the pollution.

In a bid to curb the growing menace of noise pollution in the city, the order has been issued to prohibit bus conductors and drivers in New Delhi from shouting at bus stations to make boarding calls or from excessive honking. Such an order is ostensibly the first of its kind in the country.

The order states that a bus conductor will have to pay Rs 100 if he violates the norm, while an erring driver must shell out Rs 500 as fine.

An average of 2937 inter-state and 2069 local buses operate from the three major bus stands in the national capital, namely Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan, on a daily basis. Nearly 2.7 lakh passengers travel through these stations.

During peak hours at these stations, noise pollution levels usually go as high as 60-82 decibels, whereas the standard level in the national capital is generally 40-50 decibels.

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