Traffic noise is increasingly becoming a concern to the population both at national and international level. Considerable efforts have been made in the last four decades to reduce noise impact from traffic. But, due to urbanization, the increased traffic volumes have created more noise during the day and evening. At the same time, the increase in urban population has resulted in greater expose to a larger percentage of population due to traffic. The effect of noise on human depends upon its level and frequency. In the present investigation, the impact of noise and its effects on health are addressed. For this purpose, four busy junctions in Tirupati town have been selected and traffic noise levels measured on different days from 8AM to 8PM. Later, data has been collected from the shop-owners to find the health problems due to traffic noise. It is found that 65% to 75% of the population in shops is affected due to traffic noise. Also, found that the impact on health has increased with the increase in traffic and its noise.
Volume 11 | 11-Special Issue