Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Delhi traffic police that’s working with the state government’s environment department have already identified 52 noise-free zones where honking is prohibited, adding to the fact that 103 such zones that already exist in the city, usually in and around schools and hospitals, and at busy intersections. The police plan to slap a fine of Rs 100 each on the people who violates this rule.
Traffic officials said that these new zones also include roads around hospitals, educational institutions, residential neighbourhoods and libraries. A special drive has been started around these noise-free areas that involve not just fines but also an awareness campaign.
Joint commissioner of police (traffic) Alok Kumar said, “It is important that people are sensitive towards such rules. Our job is to remind them and strengthen implementation. There is zero tolerance for causing such public nuisance. Such sensitivity should come naturally”.
This year, between January and September, 13,243 fines were collected from those who were found honking around the silence zones. Experts who have experience leading the fight against constant honking in the capital say that awareness is fine but there should be more strict laws to clamp down on noise polluters.