Mumbai Police on Friday released a video showing a new method that they have adopted to reduce honking in the city. In the video, police have installed decibel metres to measure noise levels at traffic signals, if the noise crosses 85 dB, the traffic signal at a red light resets to 90 seconds.
As traffic police describe the city as the honking capital, it also states that people honk even when the signal is red. Whether the patience-testing method will mute the honking or not, is being discussed by a large number of netizens.
I happened to meet some foreigners and asked them what they disliked about India. They said honking was the immediate difference.— professorX (@IndianMillenni1) January 31, 2020
Have been waiting for this initiative. welcome it.
Very good idea of fixing decibel meters, will try— Bhaskar Rao IPS (@deepolice12) January 31, 2020
Dear Mumbai Police, this is wonderful! My only request is to change the caption at the end of the video “Honk Responsibly” to “Stop Honking”... there’s no such thing a responsible honking.— The Oddfather101 (@TheOddfather101) January 31, 2020
Fines haven't really solved such major problems till date. With heavier fines imposed people have only objected to such heavy fine instead of actually correcting the issues. Waste their precious time, they will learn!— Geek-o-Rama (@Geek_o_Rama) January 31, 2020
In a one-of-its-kind noise-mapping by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), a report has suggested that Indian railways and road transport are the topmost contributors to noise pollution in Mumbai. The average noise level from major roads and national highways is at 88.7 decibels (dB) and 85 dB respectively.