Honk-free driving, stress-free life: The mantra to peaceful living
How many of you have felt the impact of stress in your lives? We would assume that most of the people, no matter what age, experience stress and have had hard times coping with it. No matter how many classes we take, how many self-help books we read or meditation sessions we attend, we are never quite happy about our lives. Do you know why? Because of the inner as well as outer noise that surrounds us from day till night.
Think of it, once. Don’t you feel peace when you are a vacation in some natural surroundings? Definitely yes. Though lack of monotonous routine is a reason to feel relaxed while on a vacation, absence of city-noise is also a major factor. According to Psychology Today, long exposure to noise causes stress and one cannot work with full attention or concentration in a noisy environment.
Giving up honking: your first step to kick stress out
A major noise-causing factor is vehicular honking in metro cities. If you wish to change the world and make your own life more peaceful, you would first have to change your own habits. If you are a habitual honker, you should try giving up this habit and you will surely see miraculous results in your own life. If majority of us give up honking voluntarily, there would be less noise, leading to lesser stress in our own lives. So, before honking next time, think once that your honk will surely become the reason for someone’s headache and stress.
Motivating people to embrace the change you desire
Merely giving up honking yourself would not work to fulfill the larger objective of making people’s life peaceful. Once you have given up your habit, you should ask your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to give up their honking habit, voluntarily. You can conduct a meeting in your residential society to talk about collective drive to make your residential area a honk-free zone. This will have a positively drastic impact on your standard of living and will surely bring down stress levels for everyone around.
Seeking mental peace is not really hard if you are determined to do something about it. By giving up honking and motivating others for it, you will surely see how life transforms for the better. Instead of just thinking about making your life peaceful, be the reason for someone’s peaceful life and see how the karma will reward you with immense peace for sure.
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Anti-honking drive reaches Transport Department
According to a news report published in DNA dated 23 January 2018, the anti-honking campaign of Transport Department- Horn Not OK Please was supported by the Department’s officials and staff through a signature campaign.
Why is honking not only a menace for humans, but for animals too?
Honking is a worldwide menace. No questions should be asked about the problems honking is posing for urbanites all around the globe. But apart from just this aspect, honking has another significant impact on the nature and animals. Not only does honking impact human health but the health of animals, too.
Rising Noise Levels: A Cause for Concern
In urban centers, there has been a rising concern about the disappearance of many bird species. Though not talked much about, it is a common notion that the rising noise levels have made birds move to other areas that are more peaceful. Apart from birds, honking has a great impact on the life of pets as well as animals living near highways, too. According to a research in the USA, prairie dogs- a social animal species became more violent over the years when exposed to road noise caused due to honking at highways.
East Bengaluru demands a honk-free city, City Mayor agrees
BENGALURU: Can Bengaluru become honk-free to put an end to vehicular noise pollution? The East zonal event of Bengaluru Forward campaign became a forum to discuss the issue and find a solution for it.
Responding to a question raised by RWAs on whether the city cannot be made honk free, mayor R Sampath Raj agreed that incessant honking is driving Bengalureans deaf. “We will take up the issue of honking in the council,” he said. Referring to international airports becoming noise free, he said it’s possible to make cities honk-free too. “I will take up the honking menace in the BBMP council and discuss it with my MLA friends so the matter is taken up in the assembly,” said Raj.
Another concern raised during the meet was unmaintained drains. “Ahead of the rainy season, BBMP has to take up desilting work in all side drains. Rs 20 lakh is earmarked for each ward and ward engineers have to take up work. If there are any discrepancies, the matter will be looked into,” said D R Ashok, joint commissioner, BBMP East Zone.
Answering questions by RWAs on the lack of last-mile connectivity for those who use Namma Metro, M Srinivas, chief engineer, BMRCL, said feeder bus service will be provided near all Metro stations shortly. “A committee has been formed in this regard and we have a Directorate of Urban Land Transport and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. Plans are in progress to provide Metro feeder buses from and to all Metro stations,” he added.
On increased traffic congestion during school hours, the mayor said the Palike is in talks with several stakeholders, including the traffic police, to synchronize school hours and office timings.
How can Horn Rationing help in Reducing Noise Pollution?
Honking is a threat to natural peace that human body is accustomed to. When a person is subjected to noise for longer periods of time, he is prone to many dangerous health hazards- not a fresh fact. In fact, honking and urban noise have seen to cause hypertension, stress, migraine, etc. among the urban population in the recent times. Doctors’ advice keeping the noise limits under control for healthy growth of children in urban areas, too.
India’s No-honking Pledge: A far-fetched dream you can support
Honking is a menace for sure. Several studies and scientific papers have already been published in the world about the perils of honking on the physical and mental health of individuals. We have been already covering the perils due to honking in our previous posts such as this one. Still, not everyone is considerate enough to think about the cost of honking to the environment and nation.
RTO conducts no-honking awareness drive in Nagpur
Honking is a menace for India. Time and again, organizations come forward to create awareness about the perils of honking. This time it was the turn of RTO Nagpur that conducted a 4-day no-honking drive in Nagpur. Officers along with city administration participated enthusiastically to create awareness among drivers. The Times of India reported the news.
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