Mumbai, April 06: Mumbaikars should not be surprised if
they find the usually chaotic city roads, bustling with
vehicular traffic and honking, peaceful on April 7.
The city police's traffic department has decided to
observe a "No Honking Day" on the occasion of World Health
Day on April 7 as noise pollution has an impact on the health.
The traffic department, which started the highly
successful and widely emulated drive against drunken driving
last year, has roped in a host of NGOs, automobile
associations, as well as schools and colleges to sensitise
over 1.5 million motorists about the campaign.
"The focus is on creating awareness among the people
through the campaign. Lowering the decibel levels is not the
priority, we have to educate people and still if they persist
with honking, punitive action will be taken," Deputy
Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Harish Baijal told reporters here.
Hoardings, banners, posters and stickers carrying
information about the campaign have been put across the city,
in advance, so that majority of the motorists abstain from
honking on that day, he said, adding that they have also tied
up with radio stations to promote the message.
The police have taken action against 1,920 motorists
since January this year for using pressure/musical/reverse
horns, honking in silence zones around hospitals and courts
and for unnecessary honking.