Hyderabad’s honking woes: KTR moots Mumbai police model, Owaisi opposes

Hyderabad: In what could be an interesting development in Hyderabad political circles, AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi made a counter-tweet to his friend KT Rama Rao, Telangana MA & UD minister and TRS working president.

The core issue of both tweets concerns Hyderabad traffic. The tweets from TRS and AIMIM, which have been rubbing shoulders with each other ever since Telangana became a state in June 2014, are raising eyebrows as they expressed a difference of opinions ahead of the GHMC elections.

To check noise pollution and discourage motorists from honking repeatedly, the Mumbai police have taken up a novel scheme. They have fixed decibel meters to noise levels at select traffic signals. If the noise from honking exceeds 85 dB, the signal will get reset for another 90 seconds. The system will keep the traffic waiting for a longer period as long as impatient drivers cause sound pollution.

“The longer waiting time at traffic signals will prevent people at the wheel from honking frequently. Many drivers have the habit of pressing horn without any need for it,” said a police officer.

Responding to the latest practice adopted by the Mumbai police, KTR advised the Hyderabad police to do so. “Let’s get this done in our Hyderabad too. The need of the hour,” tweeted KTR tagging Telangana DGP, Hyderabad City Commissioner of Police and GHMC Commissioner.

However, AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi opposed the idea and its implementation. In his counter-tweet, Owaisi said: “This is a primitive way of punishing entire traffic at a traffic signal because of few cars honking. Hyderabad Police should sanction new traffic signals which they have stopped, money collected through fines or challans is not being used. Road widening has stopped.”

Dasari Sreenivasa Rao

Dasari Sreenivasa Rao is a freelance journalist with 26 years of mainstream media experience in Hyderabad and Dubai. He was Business Editor at The Pioneer and Spl Correspondent at Deccan Chronicle and The Hans India. Earlier, he worked for prestigious media brands including ToI, Indian Express (Bombay) and SPG Media and Business Standard in Hyderabad. NSE-qualified Dasari specializes in derivatives trading. He was visiting faculty at IGNOU and handled two batches of journalism students. Dasari is passionate about business journalism and always suggests all to practice rigorous meditation that ensures peace of mind and helps in moving up the value chain.

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