No End to Noise Pollution
Guwahati, getting ready to become a smart city, has several kinds and levels of pollution that it must get rid of before it can qualify to be called smart. The pollution at its worst in Guwahati today is noise pollution, and that is why we have felt the need to revert to the subject. Many years ago, when the mece of wind horns fitted to private buses had become unendurable, the Assam Assembly had ected a law to deal with the offence. But as in several other cases, what the Assam Assembly had done got reduced to an empty ritual largely because even after getting armed with a law against noise pollution, the State government decided to do nothing more than just ecting a law against the offence. As a result, wind horns and the most cacophonous noise-making attachments have returned once again to make life an unmitigated hell for the residents of Guwahati. And one of the worst offenders is the Police department itself. It has now got itself a number of vehicles that make the most offensive high decibel warning sounds calculated to raise the hackles of every suffering victim. What the government and the police officers need to bear in mind is that noise pollution is one of the worst forms of pollution not because it makes a place dirty but rather because of the enduring impact it has on the mind and the sensibilities and even more because of the permanent harm it does to growing children and senior citizens. The government must enforce its legislation against noise pollution with greater purposefulness if it really cares about the welfare of our future generations.