In India, the first kidney transplant was much lauded as it represented the advancement of medical facilities and scope of enhancing medical services in the country.
What is Noise Pollution?
Environmental noise pollution has a severe impact on peoples' health and overall well being. Typically, noise pollution refers to any sound that disrupts the environment such as:
- transportation sources comprising motor vehicles
- poor urban planning that paves the way for high noise areas in residential and industrial sectors
- recreational vehicles that make announcements using loudspeakers in rural areas
Environmental Noise Pollution and Health:
Environmental noise pollution affects the health of people and even animals. It is well established that the loss of hearing and the problem of insomnia in people can be attributed to extremely high levels of noise pollution.
Other health effects include:
- Rise in blood pressure
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Measurable increase in stress
- Higher incidence of coronary heart disease
- Adverse psychological effects
Noise Pollution in Indian Airports
Sources of noise pollution may be in the environment but in places like airports, it is a known fact that noise pollution is bound to be higher than at any other places.
On March 3, 2010, the Delhi High Court directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to implement immediate measures to check the growing level of noise pollution near the Delhi airport. On the last date of hearing, the Delhi High Court had barred Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) from using two of the runways that are used at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.
Noise Pollution Causes Insomnia in Patients, Disturbance to Doctors During Surgery
The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre had filed a petition, stating that the noise levels created by landing aircraft, when they fly at a low height of 200-300 feet, caused disturbance to the patients. As a result, many patients suffer from sleeplessness regularly. Further, the petition stated that their doctors, while performing surgery, have also complained about the enviromental noise pollution levels that disturbs them during the plane landings. The hospital also alleged that the noise created by these planes spanned 75 decibel to 94 decibel, which went beyond the stipulated standards laid down under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.