Divisional commissioner of Meerut Alok Sinha has asked the district administration to launch a crackdown on the use of pressure horns in heavy vehicle. The direction, which has been given to the district magistrate, has come almost five months after environment pollution control authority (EPCA) had asked the DM to impose a ban on the use of the pressure horns and submit an action-taken report on it.

However, no reply is filed by the administration on the issue so far.

On November 3, 2015, an NGO had approached the EPCA claiming that people residing in Meerut, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar were facing the brunt of pressure horns used by heavy vehicles, especially the trucks.

Taking cognizance of the complaint, the EPCA had asked the DM to impose a ban on the horns and submit a status report.

“Loud and sharp noise of these horns not only make the elderly persons uncomfortable but the kids also start crying out of fear. Various organisations have raised the issue on several occasions. There is a complete ban on pressure horns in Delhi also. But in Meerut and nearby districts, nobody is paying heed to curb this menace,” NGO head Raman Tyagi had said in his complaint to EPCA.

Now, the divisional commissioner has expressed displeasure as a reply was not submitted to the EPCA so far. Additional district magistrate (ADM) Dinesh Chandra said that the RTO and other officials have been asked to give their reports in this regard and very soon they will be sending their reply to EPCA.