Noise Pollution in Dhaka

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NOISE POLLUTION IN DHAKA: CURRENT SITUATION AND SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION

Amit Ranjan Dey
Nazneen Kabir
Debra Efroymson

Work for a Better Bangladesh

House #49, Road #4/A
Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209 tel. 966-9781 fax (8802) 862-9271 wbb@pradeshta.net http://wbb.globalink.org

Report Highlights

□ 97% of students reported that their studying is disrupted by horns. □ 86% of the general population consider noise pollution a big problem; only 1% said it is not a problem. □ Among the general population, 78% experience aggravation, 71% experience headaches, 49% bad temper, 43% difficulty concentration and trouble sleeping, and 33% experience hearing problems from noise pollution. □ 45% of drivers say they honk in traffic jams. □ The general public strongly support actions to reduce noise pollution, with the vast majority supporting improved traffic control, banning industrial activity and brick breaking machines in urban areas, placing limits on the decibels allowed in different areas, and banning miking for processions, advertising, and election campaigns.

METHODOLOGY

Survey

During the months of May and June 2002, Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) surveyed a total of 2,500 people—500 drivers, 1,000 students, and 1,000 members of the general public—to understand their opinions about noise pollution, the problems they experience, and what they feel should be done.

Focus group

In order to gain better understanding of people’s feelings about noise pollution, WBB held two focus group discussions in May and June 2002. One was a mixed group of office workers, students, and drivers; the second was of bus drivers.

Accepted noise limits (in decibels) and current noise situation in Dhaka

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Table 1. Noise Quality Standards, by Zone and Time of Day

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