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Loud noise, frequent honking irk Kabul residents

Loud noise, frequent honking irk Kabul residents

May 25, 2015 - 12:46

KABUL (Pajhwok): As capital Kabul is turning into a congested city, loud traffic noise and frequent vehicles’ honking have created nervous and heart diseases among dwellers particularly children.

Approximately five million people live in Kabul with half a million vehicles plying in the city.

Kabul residents complain that car horns not only harass people during the day, but also during nights. They demand traffic department to ensure implementation of traffic rules in the capital city.

Mehrabuddin, a shopkeeper in Taimani area of Kabul city, said that the car horning by his neighbors has created heart disease for him. He said the noise during nights has also caused disturbance for his entire family.

He said drivers should think about other people and obey traffic rules. Some other people in other areas of Kabul had the same complain.

Sameer, a medical store owner in the Hesa-i-Sawom area of Khair Khana locality, said he could not sleep the whole night because of frequent car honking.

A 27-year-old woman and the residents of Bibi Mahru locality complained against loud horns by her neighbor’s cars and said her family members could not sleep well.

She said their family members used to sleep in open during the night in summer season, but late night honking of vehicle made them unable to sleep properly.

Ahmad Reshad, the student of Kabul University, said loud noises followed by continuous horns of vehicle perturbed him. He said: “Our exams are scheduled to be held in the near future and we are unable to make preparations for the exams properly.”

Honking leaves negative impact on mental health: Psychologists

Sharafuddin Azimi, a lecturer at psychology department of Kabul Education University, said loud honking was a reason behind heart attacks, anxiety and other mental attacks.

“Sudden horns, sound of explosions, police siren, and other undesirable sounds give us a shock because most of the times they happen unexpectedly and give us anxiety. In addition, 70 per cent of mental hospitals are filled with patients with anxiety,” he added.

Based on article 20 of the traffic rules, drivers who horn near schools, hospitals and universities commit crime.

Gen. Asadullah, Kabul traffic department chief, said based on the law nobody has the right to disturb others with unnecessary honking because some families might have elderly patients at home.

He added the process for collecting unwanted horns and sirens from private cars were ongoing and hundreds of such devices have been confiscated.