Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune is all set to start a one-day campaign, ‘No Horn Day’ on Wednesday.
The RTO and city police have joined hands to spread awareness about the ill-effects of honking among commuters.
To make the drive a success, the RTO conducted a marathon meeting with officials from educational institutes, including the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), colleges, schools, private institutes and owners of motor driving schools in the past couple of days. The authority has appealed to all sections of society to participate in the campaign.
“We should resolve on this day not to honk. We conducted several meetings with various departments. We requested them to not honk on September 12. With help from the Navchaitanya Hasya Parivar, we will distribute pamphlets, stickers, wristbands at 60 petrol pumps in the city, which will request commuters: ‘No Horn’,” said BI Ajri, Regional Transport Officer, Pune.
“The RTO officials also contacted three lakh IT employees through the Hinjawadi Industrial Association, Eon IT Park and other software companies to participate in the ‘No Horn’ campaign,” said Ajri.
The campaign will be inaugurated at 8 am on Wednesday from the SPPU main building by Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar. Various activities will be held at 10 am at the MIT College, Kothrud. In the afternoon session, some activities will be held at 3 pm at Tata Motors, Pimpri. As the vehicular population in the city is 58.72 lakh, of these 25 per cent hit the road every day. On an average, a vehicle user honks 5 to 10 times. So, in Pune district alone, horns are blown over a crore times in a day.
Futility of blowing horn proved
“On the eve of ‘No Horn Day’, we conducted a small experiment again. A bike, a scooter and a car honked continuously from Khadi Machine Chowk via Kondhwa to the Ambedkar statue in Camp. Another bike, car and scooter followed the same route but did not honk at all. Both scooters reached the desired spot taking 19.45 minutes, the motorbike using horn reached in 16.09 minutes while the bike without using horn reached in 19.43 minutes. The car using horn reached in 20 minutes while the one not using it reached in 25 minutes. There was a difference of only three to five minutes. This proved the futility of blowing the horn and causing noise pollution,” said Tejaswi Satpute, DCP (Traffic).