Lowering of Shiva idol will raise flight noise: ISIC

Representatives of the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) and Vasant Kunj residents have objected to the proposed lowering of an idol of Lord Shiva near Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport along NH-8 by 12 metres. The move is aimed at improving utilisation of the new runway at the airport.

Residents said if the Shiva idol is lowered, aircraft will fly 42 metres lower, leading to a substantial increase in noise levels in surrounding areas.

ISIC Chairman Major (retd) HPS Ahluwalia said, "The reduced landing height of planes has always been a matter of great concern to the hospital as it disturbs patients' sleep. Our patients and staff members are likely to develop hearing problems."

Residents and hospital authorities said aircraft noise is already above limits set by the Central Pollution Control Board for residential and silence (hospital) zones.

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