Lahore Traffic Police to mark ‘Silence Day’ every Saturday

* DIG Traffic, CTO say excessive noise pollution can cause mental disorders
* Traffic warden stresses need to increase awareness

City Traffic Police observed ‘Silence Day’ on Saturday to encourage awareness on noise pollution caused by the excessive use of horns by commuters on city roads and announced that every Saturday would be designated ‘Silence Day’ until noise pollution had been abolished.

Launching the campaign at Faisal Chowk, Punjab Assembly, Punjab Minister for Jails Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor appreciated the efforts of traffic police in launching ‘Silence Day’. He said people should not honk horns unnecessarily, adding it created needless noise that was an irritant for everyone.

Health hazard: Deputy Inspector General (Traffic) Captain (r) Usman Khattak and Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Intesar Hussain Jafri said traffic police would observe ‘Silence Day’ every Saturday to educate people on the dangers of noise pollution. They said excessive noise pollution could cause several kinds of mental disorders and had a negative impact on human health.

They said two major roads of the city, The Mall and Jail Road, had been chosen to inform commuters of the dangers of noise pollution. They said 10 points on these roads – IG Chowk, Club Chowk, Faisal Chowk, GPO, Istanbul Chowk, Shami Chowk, Fawara Chowk, Canal Bridge, Shadam Chowk and Qurtaba Chowk – had been chosen to highlight ‘Silence Day’. Seventy wardens, aided by schoolchildren holding placards with slogans against noise pollution, would educate people about the importance of ‘Silence Day’ and the dangers of honking the horn unnecessarily. They said people should be aware that honking the horn unnecessarily was not only against the law, but also caused diseases such as depression and high blood pressure.

Special need: Special banners were displayed at important traffic intersections throughout the city, the APP news agency reported. It said handbills urging noise restraint were also distributed among commuters by traffic wardens. Asifa Shabbir, a traffic warden at the Shadman traffic crossing, said the need to create public awareness on noise pollution had increased manifold with the rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. She said noise pollution effected mental health and destroyed the serenity of the provincial metropolis.

Children from different schools also participated in the campaign by displaying placards inscribed with anti-noise pollution slogans such as ‘No Horn Please’ and ‘Stop Noise Pollution’. app

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