Pune: While the vehicular population in the city is 58.72 lakh, of these around 25 per cent vehicles hit the road daily. On an average, a vehicle user honks 5 to 10 times on the route. So, in Pune district alone, horns are blown over crore times in a day the RTO said in a press conference in the city on Saturday.
As per the directives issued by the Central and State governments, various government departments such as Road Transport Department, Police Department and Health Department have been asked to launch programmes to make road travel safer.
Under the programme, it has also been mentioned that a special mission should be launched to reduce sound pollution. The district will observe September 12 as ‘No Horn Day’ as part of the government’s efforts to rein in sound pollution. The Pune Regional Transport Office and Pune police have joined hands to spread awareness about the ill effects of honking among the public.
“Sound pollution has become a big problem, of late. Hence, it is important that school and college students, as well as the public at large, are educated about the ill effects of honking. ‘No Horn Day’ is aimed at creating awareness about the benefits of avoiding honking. Hence, we are coordinating with various educational institutions, NGOs as well as other organisations such as the State transport corporation, city transport, autorickshaw unions to make it a success,” said BI Ajri, Pune RTO. Tejaswi Satpute, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Pune police, was also present.
“The traffic police regularly take action against modified horns, silencers and slap a fine on errant drivers. In the coming times, the traffic police will take action against drivers who honk unnecessarily,” said Tejaswi Satpute, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Pune.
Competition asking citizens to come up with ideas
- RTO and Pune police have also organised a competition asking citizens to come up with slogans, posters, video clips and jingles to create awareness over the subject of ‘sound pollution caused by honking’. The competition is open to all and winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes. The first prize is Rs 25,000, second Rs 15,000 and third Rs 10,000. Entries for each category are to be sent to a separate email ID. Those entering the ‘video clip’ category should send the entry to email@example.com, for jingles, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, posters are to be sent to email@example.com and slogans on firstname.lastname@example.org