Noise Pollution and Its Impacts: Case study of Selected Rail Station of Bangladesh

Author(s): Md. Asraf Uddin   S. M. Safi Uddin Miah   Md. Amran Hossan

Journal Name: Stamford Journal of Environment and Human Habitat

Volume & Link: Vol 4

Publisher: Department of Environmental Science, Stamford University, Bangladesh

Year: 2015

Abstract:

Rail transportation is one of the chief sources of ambient noise which causes an uncomfortable environment for the people around railways. Dhaka, Mymensingh and Sylhet regions are developing rapidly in terms of rail transportation in Bangladesh. This paper aimed to measure the noise level of rail transport and the adverse impacts that already have experienced by the passengers and people living around the stations. The study based on measuring sound level by digital sound level meter along with the collection of traffic volume data and train frequency, questionnaire survey and field observation. The study reveals that the arriving and departure time of train producing high sound (90-1 WdB) that is much higher than the standard level of 60dB. Apart from primary noise, secondary noise like trolley movements, announcements, audio speakers and passengers shouting also increases level of noise pollution of the stations. The study also identifies significant health impacts of noise on passengers, employees and staff of rail stations.

Citation:

Uddin, M. A., Miah, S. M. S. U and Hossan, M. A (2015), Noise Pollution and Its Impacts: Case study of Selected Rail Station of Bangladesh, Stamford Journal of Environment and Human Habitat, ISSN No. 2226-8898, Vol 4, Pp. 15-23, July

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