Sound Baffles can tackle loud sounds caused by heavy traffic
India is developing at a fast clip and nothing reminds us more of this fact every single day than the growing number of vehicles on the roads. Usually its the traffic jams, lack of parking space and accidents that we complain about. All these are terrible for motorists….but what about the price that citizens pay by way of sound pollution?
Those who live on the main roads have to suffer it. Developed countries seem to have fixed this problem. Either most residences are away from busy roads or some sort of effort has been made to combat sound pollution by erecting barriers. I am not sure about this…couldn’t find much information on the internet.
But what I do know that in India there are thousands of people who live on busy roads. Either the apartments have been there for years and the road has just got noisier or flyovers have suddenly started to stare right into drawing rooms…
Attempts to tackle sound pollution of other kinds has been happening. There are efforts to curb loud music after 10 p.m. for example but I had not read anything about the government doing something to help the citizens who have to bear the cacophony of traffic every single minute of their time at home. And considering that Mumbai is a city that hardly sleeps I wonder how people who live on main roads ever manage to get sleep …
So imagine my surprise when as I drove into the city yesterday. I noticed something I had not noticed before. Some sort of sound silencers or baffles on a flyover over Mohammed Ali Road!
I had seen similar (more sophisticated) structures at various places in China, but this was the first time I had noticed it in India. So we are not that technologically backward I told myself…and our government does seem to care about people.
Until I saw this:
Advertisement bills pasted on the sound baffles which defeated their very purpose. I wonder how much the BMC (Mumbai Municipal corporation) spent on these and now how much they are now making from the advertisements. All at the cost of the citizens. I refuse to believe that the ads do not reduce the effectiveness of the baffles.
This is a photograph of sound baffles in China and you can see for yourself the way they are used:
(Photos taken by me in Mumbai and ALL are copyrighted)
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