They do have "no honking zones", but no one cares. They just keep honking. Or maybe it's not that no one cares, but that they don't know that the signs that designate "no honking" really do designate "no honking". Look at the sign on the right here. OK, that seems to say "No trumpeting." And if that is actually what the sign is for, then it's very effective, as none of the pictures that I've seen of traffic in Mumbai have any trumpeter in them at all. Yes, very effective if they're eradticating brass wind instruments from the city. And (not surprisingly) highly ineffective if they're trying to get people not to honk.
I'm thinking, that if they'd like people to pipe down over there for a while, they might try something like, oh, I don't know, some lines on the road? Or perhaps a bike lane. A motorcycle lane? ANY lanes would be a start! Why would you even bother driving in conditions like that? Why not just find a nice apartment that's within walking distance of your outsourced US customer service call center job and not drive at all? Why put yourself through THAT every day? I'm really surprised that horn honking is the problem. Looking at that picture, I'm surprised that guns aren't the problem and that all of the noise isn't coming from drivers who are shooting themselves to be put out of their misery. Screw the horn, give me that hand gun and make sure it's loaded!
Now, the police have acknowledged that this was not the best way to start their campaign for silence, but they say that they're going to keep trying. (Keep trying what?! Saying "Ssshhh!"?? That won't work!) But they have to keep trying because the traffic is not only incredibly loud and, therefore, can damage people's hearing, it also creates a stressful environment (do you think?) and raises people's stress levels, which raises their blood pressure, which weakens their hearts, which leads to heart disease which leads to death. (Actually, a few dead drivers over there wouldn't be such a bad thing, would it? Think of it as that many less honkers.)
It is a wonder more people from India aren't crazy. Oh, sure, like everywhere else, I'm sure that there's plenty. But having to listen to that every day? Having to drive in that every day? You'd think that we'd be hearing every other day about "Customer Service Representative Steve" taking out a handfuls of co-workers in the parking lot. But we don't. I wonder why that is. Well, whatever the reason is, I'm not going to Mumbai to find out. I don't need to know that badly.