Hyderabad, 24 November, 2017….. It is a welcome revelation. The Gen Next is as much concerned about the adverse impact of man-made disasters and health hazards as are elders, who strive to educate people, including the common man, about the need to take precautionary measures.
In a society whereby in keeping pace with increasingly ruthless professional competition, many turn oblivious to perils they are creating for themselves and those in the surroundings.
One such man-made disaster that spells doom is noise pollution, particularly those where the decibel levels can ‘kill’ living beings, including humans and animals.
In its bit to address this menace and help bring relief, by way of sensitization, the Somajiguda-based Roots Junior College launched a ‘Noise Pollution Awareness’ campaign in its campus on November 24, 2017 (Friday).
Making the appeal far-reaching and also ensure that the youngsters take to it in letter and spirit, the college management roped in the star cast of ‘Undha Ledha’, a Tollywood film that, incidentally, deals with several social issues.
It was a wonderful afternoon for the enthusiastic students, who interacted with the celebrities, which included lead actors Ramakrishna, Ankitha and director AV Siva Prasad.
Ankitha, who plays a doctor in the movie, cautioned the gathering against listening to music in such a high-pitch that it could create nuisance in the neighbourhood. They should understand that noise beyond certain limits could cause deafness. She urged the youngsters to be aware that noise should be restricted to levels that should be within tolerable limits of human being and animals. Noise pollution can cause ecological imbalances to fatalistic levels, the students were told.
Ramakrishna said that ‘sound kills without proof or any warnings’. This made it a silent killer, which is already taking a heavy toll.
The producer and director, as also management personnel of the college, highlighted the other factors that create noise pollution. Cars, bikes and buses are major pollutants. The celebrated assemblage exhorted the youngsters to take steps to help reduce such health hazards, including warning vehicle owners to stop honking at every junction and see that vehicles do not make sounds that could cause health problems to everyone.
The students vowed to launch their own awareness campaigns and took delight while taking selfies with the celebrated ‘Undha Ledha’ team in the campus.
It was a ‘societal responsibility’ class that will hold the students in good stead in all future endeavours.