Whether knowingly or unknowingly everyone contributes to noise pollution, because most of our day-to-day activities generate some kind of sound. Often neglected, noise pollution adversely affects human beings leading to irritation, loss of concentration, loss of hearing. The time spent at a red light signal is yet tolerable than the ‘honks’ from the fellow travellers. Everybody is in hurry and is longing to reach their destination without any concern or social responsibility towards fellow travellers. The government should impose a hefty fine on vehicle owners, dealers and manufacturers to curb the menace of excessive honking. The young children of impressionable age should be motivated to desist from playing with firecrackers, use of high sound producing equipments and instruments on festivals, and social functions, family get-togethers and celebrations etc. which cause noise pollution. Suitable chapters can be added into textbooks, which teach civic sense to the children and create awareness among them how to be ‘good and responsible’ citizens which would include learning by heart of various fundamental duties and that would obviously include learning not to create noise pollution and to prevent if generated by others.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)