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Loud honking, shouting inside ISBTs to invite fines

Loud honking, shouting inside ISBTs to invite fines
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NEW DELHI: In a bid to bring down the alarming levels of noise pollution at inter-state bus terminuses (ISBTs) in the national Capital, authorities have decided to impose fines on drivers honking inside the terminuses and conductors soliciting passengers by means of shouting.
A fine of Rs 500 shall be levied on the driver of the bus using horn inside the premises of the terminuses, while a fine of Rs 100 shall be charged from the conductors or roadway staff soliciting passengers by way of shouting the destination point of a bus, according to an official order.
The Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (DTIDC) – which maintains ISBTs across the city – on Tuesday issued the order enforcing the fines.
There are three bus terminuses in the national Capital, namely Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan.
Officials in the DTIDC observed that noise pollution levels at ISBTs in the city have reached alarming levels and immediate steps were required to address this problem.
The Corporation stated it had observed that frequent usage of horn and soliciting of passengers by roadways staff by shouting were the primary major sources of noise pollution at ISBTs.
Roadways buses of several states, such as Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir and Rajasthan, operate from all three terminuses.
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