In an attempt to curb noise pollution in Chandigarh and to make areas near hospitals calm and quiet, Chandigarh Traffic Police will now be challaning vehicles that blow a horn near hospitals in Chandigarh. Although, loud noise is already a violation in Chandigarh and vehicles are challaned for loud music, but this time a fine has been set up if you blow horn near a hospital. The amount of the fine has been decided to be Rs. 1000.
The Chandigarh traffic police in association with an NGO- Peedu’s people has launched ‘No Honking Drive’. The main aim of this drive is to create awareness among city people about unnecessary honking. A team of five members comprises two traffic cops and three members of the NGO is carrying out this drive outside major hospitals in Chandigarh. The team is creating awareness by holding No Honking banners, posters and stickers while standing outside the city hospitals. It has been decided that the awareness drive will go on for 15 days and after that the process of fining vehicles that blow horn outside hospitals will start.
Hospitals covered for No-Honking Zone
The 3 hospitals which have been covered in this drive are:
PGI, Sector 12. (Madhya Marg & Sector 11-12 dividing).
GMSH, Sector 16. (Madhya Marg & Sector 16 areas near to hospital).
GMCH, Sector 32. (Zirakpur Chandigarh Highway and sector 31-32 dividing).
Everyone knows that Chandigarh is an ideal city for enforcement of traffic rules. Chandigarh traffic cops do not spare the law breakers and thousands of vehicles are challaned every month.
Fine for blowing horn near hospitals in Chandigarh
A person caught for first time for honking in the ‘No Honking Zone’ will have to pay a fine of Rs 1000.
If you get caught for the second time then the fine amount will be doubled to Rs. 2000.
So, be careful when you drive on city roads especially near hospitals and remember not to blow horn. Implementation of this system will surely provide relief to patients who are admitted to these hospitals and need a calm environment to get well soon. This unwanted sound (traffic, blowing horns) causes stress and irritation.
So, the areas outside PGI, GMCH 32 and GMSH 16 are no-honking zones in Chandigarh. Apart from these areas, you should avoid using horn on city roads unless it is really necessary.
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