July 25, 2021


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‘Bus terminal’ in residential areas, loss of health due to loud sound of horn

The sensitive organs of our body are the ears. Loud noises push our eardrums much harder. These loud noises can also damage our eardrums. And the loss of the eardrum means not hearing in the ear forever. The horns of all vehicles including buses, minibuses, trucks and motorcycles are always sounded when needed. It seems that the vehicles on the road are honking their horns.

Areas up to 100 meters around hospitals, educational institutions, offices, courts or similar institutions are marked as silent areas. No one is obeying the ban on sounding horns in these areas. There are even inter-district bus stands in the vicinity of many hospitals and educational institutions. Bus terminals have been set up in at least 30 important roads, intersections and residential areas of the city without complying with the law. The rule is to leave the city transport bus at night after driving all day in the garage. Long-distance bus services, stops and pick-up and drop-offs are all scheduled to take place at the designated terminal. But the transport owners are not abiding by this law.

According to BRTA and police sources, the promise not to keep buses on the road was taken in writing from the bus owners. But later no one checks whether they are abiding by it or not. An official of the Dhaka Metropolitan Traffic Police admitted that the transport owners were not following the rules. The risk of death of heart patients undergoing treatment due to noise pollution is constantly increasing in these areas. Hundreds of people are losing their hearing as well. Excessive noise has caused permanent damage to the ears of a large number of people in the capital. If the government does not take initiative now or create awareness among the people, the situation will get worse in the future, said the concerned.Hijras are getting the light of education


Shahbag is one of the busiest areas of the city. There is a long line of cars wherever you look. One is constantly blowing the horn in an attempt to overtake the other. But there are two big hospitals standing on both sides of the turn. One is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, the other is Bardem Hospital. In front of Bardem there is a signboard prohibiting the sounding of horns on the south side of the traffic police. But no one has time to look at it.

Same picture in Science Laboratory and Panthapath area. There are several hospitals including LabAid Cardiology Specialized Hospital, Popular Hospital, Square Hospital. Several patients undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University complained that it became difficult to sleep during the day or even at night due to noise.

No one cares about the rules

Long-distance buses leave the designated terminal in the evening and start entering the capital. It has been seen in 14 such important places that buses are parked on the road for hours and passengers are picked up and dropped off. Among these, Russell Square, College Gate, Malibagh Railgate area and Rajarbagh are the usual scenes. Despite having six depots, big and small, in the city, the buses of the government transport company BRTC are also kept on the road.

In this regard, several officials of the traffic department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police admitted that even though there are rules, no transport owner obeys the rules. These police officials think that the transport infrastructure of the capital is not planned. However, they claimed that even in this situation, the traffic department of the police is continuing to try to enforce the law of the owners by filing cases and explaining.Today, Western diplomats are visiting Bhasanchar

Khandaker Enayet Ullah, secretary general of the Bangladesh Road Transport Association, said buses run 24 hours a day in the capital. In fact, there is no time to keep in the garage. Long-distance buses are brought to the city for the convenience of passengers.

Restrictions and Disadvantages

Nose-ear-throat experts and environmentalists say that sudden or loud noises are deadly to health. Unexpected or sudden loud noises increase blood pressure, heart rate, hearing loss, muscle contraction and digestive disturbances in the human body. Sudden loud noises are especially deadly for heart patients. High energy causes fear among the elderly, children and road users.

Lack of awareness

Although the Department of Environment occasionally distributes poster-leaflets requesting not to blow the horn when Environment Day comes, no initiative is taken to raise awareness after the end of the day. However, the department’s leaflet says that excessive use of the horn causes not only hearing loss, but also high blood pressure, headaches, gastric ulcers, pneumonia and other mental problems. Not only that, vehicle noise pollution also increases the risk of stroke. It can even kill people.

An official of the Department of Environment, who did not want to be named, said that many decisions are taken in the meeting with the government. But for various reasons it is not possible to implement. However, he said, the city has more vehicles and this is the reason for the traffic jam. So people become impatient and blow the horn in an attempt to get ahead. There is a lack of awareness among the people about this.The country is burning with the bitterness of Chaitra

More motorcycles on the horn playing list

The tendency to sound the horn is higher among motorcyclists. The number of motorcycles in the city has now increased due to ride sharing. The next list includes private drivers. In addition to the horns, many people also install loud-sounding devices in their vehicles. As a result, the sound of cars passing through an area can be heard from far away. In most cases, drivers sound the horn to avoid being stuck in a traffic jam. A large number of drivers use special lights to signal the car in front of them


According to the information received, in 2006, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police had completely banned the sounding of horns on several roads in the capital, including Airport Road, Mirpur Road, Gulshan and Dhanmondi. A few days after the order was issued, the campaign was fined and a notice was issued to the media. But now all the campaigns have stopped. In fact, the present police officers cannot remember that order.

Talking to several grocers in the Science Laboratory area of ​​the capital. They run small roadside shops in the area. Among them, shopkeeper Belal Hossain said, “I hear very little now because of noise pollution.” The doctor said that this condition is due to the presence of more noise. Although it is difficult to hear in general, the headache starts with the loud noise of this road. Unnecessary use of horn is responsible for this. But the city authorities are still silent on the issue.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (South) Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) Joydev Chowdhury said legal action was being taken against the use of horns in areas where it was prohibited. Cases are being filed almost every day in the traffic operation. In response to a question, the traffic police official said that there are some problems in full implementation. But above all, there is a need for awareness. Everyone concerned must come forward to overcome this situation.

DMP 9 instructions on playing the horn

Instructed to give up the habit of playing the horn without special needs. Horns cannot be sounded in educational areas. The horn cannot be sounded in the hospital area. Horns cannot be sounded in mosques, temples, churches, pagodas. Horns cannot be sounded in residential areas. The horn cannot be sounded in any reserved area (especially the Secretariat). The horn cannot be sounded in the court area. The horn cannot be sounded at night. Horns cannot be played where horn playing is prohibited.

Ittefaq / ZHD