- In March 2011, MoEF set up real time monitoring centres in seven Indian cities
- The results indicate that the ambient noise in residential and commercial areas is far in excess not just of a healthy level but the standards set by law as well.
- Effects include
- Loss of hearing sensitivity in specific frequencies
- Non auditory effects like hypertension, heart rate disorders, and psychological stress
- Problem areas
- Lack of reliable data
- <the sensors installed in seven cities is a step forward>
- What to do?
- The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 should be appropriately amended and enforced
- According in the rules, any person can make a complaint to the designated authority, such as the police, if the ambient noise exceeds the prescribed standard by 10 dB or more.
- The data generated by the sensors should be in the public domain on the internet, fi the system is to serve any meaningful purpose