Noise pollution has got the ear of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice D H Waghela.
A division bench, headed by him, said motorists in Bangalore behave in a most uncivilised manner on the road by honking and disturbing others. “They lack knowledge about noise pollution and its effects on health,” the bench said.
Hearing a suo moto petition for action against noise pollution, Justice Waghela said: “Most people are educated as Bangalore is the IT capital. But most of them are uncivilized people when it comes to noise pollution,”he said.
The bench directed the government to submit a report on the measures taken to control noise pollution in the city and also on the implementation of the Supreme Court directives to curb noise pollution. These directives include booking persons violating the norms, penalising them and seizing the vehicle or noise causing equipment from the violator.
The bench asked the State government what action it has taken on unauthorised loudspeakers during the festivities.
The government was also asked to take note of the honking by vehicles in hospital and school zones.
Advocate B V Vidyullatha, the amicus curiae, submitted that according to the survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) noise pollution is a reason for heart attack. The counsel representing the state government sought two weeks time to make submissions based on that the bench adjourned the case.