1. Dr. RICHA SHARMA - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sciences, SHUATS.
2. Dr. SHOBHA THAKUR - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sciences, SHUATS.
3. Dr. IBADAIAHUN MYRTHONG - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sciences, SHUATS.
4. Dr. SATAKSHI - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sciences, SHUATS.
5. YOGENDER KUSHWAH - Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SHUATS.
Annoyance due to noise is among one of the well-established aspect to understand deleterious effect of noise. Noise can harm us in more ways than we can think off. Previously, effect of noise on health is often misunderstood, not noticed or unrecognized. But now lot many study had been conducted in past years to understand the level of noise and predicted health hazard. However, very little consideration has been given to identify different sources of noise at urban areas and their possible contribution in annoyance. Ten different areas viz; Civil Lines (S1), Rambagh (S2), Mahewa (S3), Bhairahna (S4), Chowk (S5), Katra (S6), Naini (S7), Civil line bus station (S8), Zero road bus station (S9) and Railway station (S10) from the urban Allahabad had been selected as a representative of different zones. These areas been survey for the different sources viz; Train (TR), Road traffic (TF), Loudspeaker (LS), Vehicle horn (VH), Aeroplane (AP), Entertainment (ET) Instruments/ appliances (IM), Speech loudness (SL). A questionnaire is prepared and randomly selected subjected were told to provide the number (1 – 8) to different source as per their feeling of annoyance. Study suggested that for all selected area noise annoyance due to traffic is the major contributor. However, people felt more annoyed because of sound of horn in vehicles (19.9%) over the noise of traffic congestion and friction (17.7%). Respondent responses suggested 7% - 10% because of railway. Entertainment source (radio/TV), other machines/appliances and loudspeaker was found to create almost same level of annoyance viz 13.4%, 13.2% and 12.9 % respectively as suggest the statistical analysis of data through analysis of variance. This study also reveals that in absence of high noise level sources people sense same level of annoyance with relatively less noise creating sources as in inner sectors in absence of high traffic load or loudspeaker respondent’s sensitivity towards entertainment sources and other mechanical devices increased so do the feeling of annoyance. This all reveals that concern of noise annoyance is more based on persons attitude toward that sound although still we can safely say that in urban areas prevailing source of noise is traffic based but loudspeaker, entertainment devices and appliances also among the sources which are need to be taken into consideration while studying the annoyance aspect due to noise in urban setting.
Noise pollution, Annoyance, Sources, Urban, Respondents, inner sector etc.