Pune: Kalyani Nagar Residents Petition For Safer And Quieter Environments Near Schools And Hospitals

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Kalyani Nagar, 2nd September 2023: In a united effort to enhance the quality of life for residents and promote safer learning and healing environments, concerned citizens of Kalyani Nagar, with the help of Team Swachh Kalyani Nagar (TSKN), implored Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities to take prompt action on several crucial issues in their community. Requests regarding the reduction of noise pollution and a reconsideration of the placement of pubs and bars in proximity to schools and hospitals have gained significant traction.

A primary concern highlighted in the petition is the disruptive impact of noise pollution in the area. Excessive honking, particularly in silence zones, has been identified as a source of stress, anxiety, and sleep disturbances among residents. To combat this issue, TSKN calls for stricter enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act Amendment of 2019, underscoring the importance of maintaining silence in designated zones.

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The petition also emphasizes the influence of pubs and bars on young minds. Safety concerns have arisen due to the diverse crowd that these establishments attract, often including intoxicated or unruly individuals, as well as increased vehicular traffic leading to congestion. This congestion makes it challenging for emergency vehicles to navigate quickly. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to high noise levels can result in health issues, including heightened stress levels, an increased heart rate, and elevated blood pressure. Hospitals necessitate a tranquil environment for patient recovery, making noise pollution detrimental to their well-being.

Monica Sharma, an activist of TSKN, said, “Having a pub near our school is like having a constant party next door. The noise levels are disruptive, making it difficult for students to concentrate. It’s frustrating to witness the impact on their education, and it’s simply not fair to compromise their learning environment in this way. We need to prioritize their academic success and create a peaceful atmosphere for them to thrive.”

According to Police Inspector Shailesh Sankhe, Traffic In-Charge, “We try to control the traffic congestion and adhere to the P1/P2 parking scheme, and we also remove wrongly parked vehicles. There are a few school buses parked on the side of the road, but we have talked to the school to call a meeting with the bus drivers asking them to park in their allotted space.”

Team Swachh Kalyani Nagar and the concerned citizens have requested the installation of proper “no honking” and “silence zone” signage boards in schools and hospitals, as well as stricter enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act Amendment of 2019 to discourage unnecessary honking. By addressing these issues and bringing attention to their impact, the community aims to initiate positive change in Kalyani Nagar.


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