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No Honking campaign with TOI
Noise pollution is an unwanted or disturbing sound which can interfere with normal activities for humans and wildlife, such as sleeping, conversation, reproduction, communication, or disrupt or diminish one's quality of life. Noise pollution can negatively impact the body in significant ways, including elevated blood pressure, impaired cognitive functioning, cardiovascular and psycho physiological effects, cause heart attacks, reduce performance, provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behaviour and other effects of chronic stress.

Honking and driving seem to be synonymous when you are on Indian roads. Contrary to the horn-use standards in most of the countries, honking while driving on Indian roads is a mean of venting out stress and emotions.

There are some ‘No Honking Zones’ such as roads beside schools, colleges and hospitals etc. but people have little or no respect or awareness about these signs, and hence noise pollution is an issue which is affecting every single person living in Delhi. 

22nd August, 2016 was declared as ‘No-Honking Day’ by Times of India. In collaboration with TOI, Manas Foundation launched a No-Honking program with the following objectives:

1. Enhance social responsibility and environmental awareness among school students.
2. Enable behaviour change and attitudinal activation of the commercial vehicle drivers by taking a pledge against No-Honking.
3. Reinforce behaviour, create ownership and ensure sustainability by branding the vehicle as a supporter of No-Honking.

This program aimed at spreading awareness about noise pollution by increasing awareness among school students and commercial vehicle drivers, and by creating social awareness through branding.

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Commercial Vehicle Drivers

The commercial vehicle drivers, who had undergone the gender sensitisation training by Manas Foundation, were given workshops on noise pollution. These workshops aimed to enhance the social responsibility a driver has to reduce noise pollution on the roads. This training focused on road safety and the ill-effects of noise pollution on mental and physical health.

At the end of the workshops, stickers and pamphlets were distributed to all the participants. The participants were also invited to pledge against noise pollution, and volunteer to become socially and environmentally sensitive men.

A 5km No-Honking Hope run was organised for all commercial vehicle drivers. This marathon acted as a pledge to enable behavioural and attitudinal activation. Manas, Times of India and all the commercial drivers ran under the same banner which read ‘No Honking’.
 
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