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Noise Pollution can kill People.



Excessive noise from today’s modern urban life is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people every year in the cities such as Bombay, Calcutta or Ahmedabad on the Indian Continent.

Quarrelsome neighbours, the incessant roar of traffic hooting. Rikshas, booming music from restaurants, hotels, or clubs; announcements made  by loud speakers, railways and of course, airplanes are to be blamed for a catalogue of health problems, including migraine, strokes and heart attacks.

Heavy noise pollution can also cause deafness, disturbances of sleep, incensement of B.P in adults and can even affect a child’s ability to learn.

A warning from the World Health Organization [WHO] noise pollution is responsible for 3 to 5% deaths from heart problems.

Noise pollution is surely the cause of premature deaths. One person’s entertainment is another’s death.

The harsh sounds from MP3s, DVD, pop concerts and discos are now are damaging the hearing of young children, sometimes leading to deafness.

Those people who are fond of turning their MP3s or DVDS upto the maximum 105 decibels for more than an hour per day are increasing the risk of permanent hearing damage in young children.

Excessive noise in towns like Ahmedabad or Bombay and Calcutta has shown an alarming effect on learning especially for those children who stay in busy streets, near clubs or restaurants, or other noisy places. They are found to be duller and less attentive to their home work. Children with schools near railway lines especially those canning the fast and noisy electric trains of Bombay have been shown to be slower to learn to read than those children studying in quieter classrooms. Children studying in schools in the center of the town have turned out to be less clever than those in the peaceful atmosphere of the suburbs.

Noise pollution takes its toll by keeping our bodies in a state of chronic stress, resulting in a decrease of the body’s power to resist infection.

People staying in congested areas and polluted areas say that they are used to the noisy atmosphere.

Research by scientists of the health department of the Indian government has revealed that even when you think you are used to the noise of hooting, music and shouting, physiological changes are still happening there.

It is not so easy to accept and become accustomed to the noisy neighbours. High volume music, shouts, quarrels and rowdy children are responsible for creating anger and stress. We might not seem to be upset, but nevertheless it disturbs us.

The Indian government should insist on guidelines for noise exposure at discos, clubs, concerts, hotels and restaurants. They should try to site educational centers far away from noise polluted atmospheres. Schools starting from Nursery, Primary and Secondary to Colleges and Institutes should be established in peaceful surroundings for better educational results.

Through its State Health Department and Education Ministry the government should work to educate young citizens about the damaging effects of noise on health.

The Health Department together with City Councils and other relevant public bodies, should take the issue of the noise very seriously and as an important agenda in their strategy plans and for public awareness.




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