Thiruvananthapuram: Are blaring loud speakers annoying you no end? Then pick up the phone and punch 9188300300; swift noise abatement action is assured.
A control room has been opened by the Thiruvananthapuram district administration in association with Indian Medical Association (IMA) to curb noise pollution in the district. This control room will function as part of IMA’s trauma-care control room.
On the receipt of a complaint, the problem will be brought to the notice of the person concerned, and if there is no relief, the complaint will be forwarded to the district collectorate for corrective action.
IMA also handed over two kits to measure sound levels to District Collector K Vasuki. A special website is also being prepared by ‘Prathidhwani’, a socio-cultural organisation of IT professionals.
The public can track licenced sound system operators through this portal, which will also furnish their licence details and list the complaints against them. If there are complaints against operators, the police can also check relevant details about them on the website.
On a related note, a part of the arterial MG Road between Madhava Pharmacy Junction and Maharajas Metro Station in Kochi was declared no-horn zone last year.
The 'no-horn' initiative is being implemented with the cooperation of IMA, the Association of Otolaryngologists of India, National Initiative for Safe Sound, organisation of ENT surgeons, Kochi Metro Rail Limited , city police and Motor Vehicle Department.
A study in Kochi had found hearing problems for drivers of city service buses and taxi and auto drivers.