ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
The Istanbul Municipality has taken a series of precautions in an attempt to control and prevent noise pollution throughout the city, with transport routes being the first priority.
The municipality prepared various “Strategic Noise Maps” in the city focusing on highways, airports, railway systems and industrial facilities in Istanbul, authorities said in a statement.
“The highest noise points were identified according to the results found in the noise map. Afterwards, studies were carried out on a pilot scale toward the highest noise sources among these points. We took the opinions of the institutions concerning the subject and identified actions for noise proof, such as silent asphalt and noise barriers, for example,” read the statement by the municipality’s environmental protection office.
A survey was also prepared in order to take citizens’ opinions and suggestions for the İstanbul Noise Action Plan (İSGEP).
“After the survey, the citizens’ demands and requirements will be included in the studies for the İSGEP and will be presented to the Environment and Urbanization Ministry,” the statement said.