Noise levels exceed this year compared to the last during Ganpati visarjan

Noise levels exceed this year compared to the last during Ganpati visarjan

Mumbai is basking in the festive aura of Ganesh Chaturthi but festivals shouldn’t come at a cost of maintaining some kind of discipline, right?

The State Government had termed Justice Oka “biased” and rejected the high court ruling against noise pollution. Because of this ruling, the mandals went ahead with celebration. 

Sumaira Abdulali of Awaaz Foundation recorded noise levels beginning late Saturday night till midnight in silence zones. The results shockingly exceeded those of last year.

As reported in ‘The Free Press Journal’, Sumaira Abdulali said, “The highest noise pollution levels during the processions of the one-and-half-day Visarjan this year marginally exceeded even that on the last day of Visarjan last year.”

The highest on Saturday was 116.8dB and the same on the 10th and final day of Ganpati last year was 114dB. 

All readings were taken in the extended time period of 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight in residential areas having educational institutes, hospitals, religious places, and courts,” Sumaira Abdulali. 

The highest noise level was recorded when drums and metal cylinders and plate are played after 10:00 pm. Processions in several parts of the city used D/Js, drums, metal plates and banjos even in the presence of police.

Coming back to the main point, festivals are a very important part of the Indian culture but at the same time, we cannot ignore the environment’s health. Celebration and peace should go hand in hand and this will be possible if there is a sense of understanding in the society.

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