Hyderabad: In a major crackdown on illegal modifications and silencers, the Hyderabad Traffic Police have booked over 12,000 cases against motorists for noise pollution and over 1,900 cases for air pollution so far this year.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) in-charge DS Chauhan said 12,938 cases for noise pollution and 1,977 for air pollution were booked till September against violators including those for modifying company fitted silencers on motorbikes and causing sound pollution.
Speaking at an awareness programme to sensitize motorists on sound pollution at KBR Park in Banjara Hills on Tuesday, Chauhan said many bikers were removing company-fitted silencers and fixing silencers that emit more noise which was causing inconvenience to the public.
As per World Health Organization (WHO), sound levels above 65 decibels were injurious to health while sound levels above 75 decibels could cause serious health problems such as hypertension, anxiety and cardiovascular diseases.
City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said automobile shops and mechanics were warned against selling modified silencers and not to fix tampered silencers to vehicles. Cases would be filed against those who violate the notice, he said, adding that special drives were being conducted and cases booked against violators for modifying company fitted silencers.
“We are urging citizens, particularly youth not to cause noise pollution by modifying silencers and please to follow traffic rules to make Hyderabad an accident-free and noise-free city. Parents are advised not to allow their children to modify the silencers and horns,” Anjani Kumar said.
The event also saw several silencers being crushed by a road roller in full public view, sending across a strong message.
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