The noise pollution in the winter capital of Jammu has reached “alarming levels” with constant honking by drivers and sound of outdated engines adding to the severe problem. Some necessary measures to curb the menace before the situation goes out of hand is must. Various areas in the city of temples recorded the average noise levels between 74.80 db and 81.28 db, against the permissible level of 65 db for commercial areas, according to a survey carried out in 2018. Indira Chowk in the heart of the city recorded 74.80 db noise level followed by Medical College at Bakshi Nagar at 75.88 db, Panama Chowk (76.87 db), Narwal Chowk (78.73 db), Amphalla Chowk (79.31 db), Gumat Chowk (81.06 db), Gandhi Nagar opposite Army Gate (81.25 db) and Satwari Chowk (81.28 db). Jammu city is fast turning into a city of noises especially due to rise in vehicular population. Today the level of noise pollution in the city has reached alarming proportions where immediate remedial measures are needed. Honking coupled with outdated vehicles was causing a lot of nuisance to the people living near the city roads and high vehicular density areas. It is assumed that people of all age groups can fast experience a dip in quality of hearing power and some in old age groups are getting exposed to health hazards like anxiety, hypertension and depression due to the constant and agonising noise around. Pressure horns must be practically banned in residential areas and silence zones created to bring down emissions. The situation could get out of hands if urgent steps were not taken to check the menace. The local administration along with the traffic police need to prepare a task force to identify the noise causing automobiles and grossly polluting vehicles and weed them out to save the environment.
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