The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken up the next major issue in Delhi after air pollution, which is noise pollution. In an attempt to bring the noise levels down, the NGT has banned the use of pressurised horns in the capital state.
A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said, "Vehicles using pressure horns and two wheelers which have removed their silencers shall not be permitted to ply on the roads in the national capital."
"Pressure horns must come to an end. Noise pollution arising from horns in the vehicles is a major issue. Undue and unhindered use of horns by drivers and pressure horns by trucks is a source of serious noise pollution in Delhi."
"It is adversely affecting the noise level in Delhi and even sound of vehicles particularly DTC buses. All authorities need to pay attention to this aspect before noise levels go to the extent which is irreparable."
The Tribunal also consisted a committee, with members from Environment Ministry, Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, and Delhi Development Authority to identify silence zones and such places should take control of the menace.
NGT had also asked Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors earlier, as to why these vehicles make noise pollution on road. The two companies supply buses to the Delhi Transport Corporation and were also asked to submit details, including their design.