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National Geographer, Vol.XLVIII, No. 1 + 2 (Jan-June, July-Dec. 2013), Pages 75-83

Level of Noise Pollution in Silence Zone of Hisar City

S. P. Kaushik and Ramya
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

Abstract

Present paper analyzes the level of noise pollution in Hisar city. Problem of noise pollution is increasing with time especially during the festival period. In the present study, continuous monitoring of noise level was carried out during the day time in the month of December, 2012 at 116 different sites of silence zone within the Hisar city. Silence zone is defined as an area comprising not less than 100 meters around hospitals, educational institutions and courts. The result shows that there is an enhanced pressure of noise at all sites during the day time due to different sources like traffic, construction sites etc. All the sites under study show higher sound level than the prescribed limits of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India.

Key words: Noise Pollution, Silence Zone, Traffic Noise, Leq

INTRODUCTION

      Noise is defined as unwanted sound. Environmental noise consists of all the unwanted sounds in our communities except that which originates in the workplace.  Environmental noise pollution, a form of air pollution, is a threat to health and well-being. It is more severe and widespread than ever before, and it will continue to increase in magnitude and severity because of population growth, urbanization, and the associated growth in the use of increasingly powerful, varied, and highly mobile sources of noise. The present generation and the coming generations have to solve three grave problems, namely, population, poverty and pollution if they have to survive. Pollution being the most dangerous problem is like cancer in which death is sure but slow. Noise pollution is a major problem in cities around the world.

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