Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport or Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) has installed systems to keep its noise levels in check. This comes after Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked Indian airports, in January 2015, to keep noise levels under certain decibels so as not to inconvenience the surrounding residential and commercial settlements.

The induction of new airlines flying in and out of the country and increased air traffic have resulted in rising noise pollution at airports.

MIAL has installed Noise Desk, controlled and monitored by Brüel & Kjær’s Operations Centre, for this purpose. The software also helps in observing the air traffic radar, track flights and get updates on the weather. It is the first of its kind in India.

MIAL says: “We have successfully set up and implemented a comprehensive noise monitoring system, which is based on the specifications of DGCA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to analyse aircraft noise impact on communities. It is simple to use and seamlessly connects with other data sources such as flight tracks and weather systems.

“The innovative web-based subscription system cost-effectively processes infringements, noise complaints, background noise and aircraft and community noise events. When a loud event occurs or a complaint is received, one push of a button presents information about the most likely cause of the disturbance and enables the airport to promptly respond to issues and transparently share information about the occurrence.”