Reduction in the level of sound pollution during Ganesh Chaturthi this year: Awaaz Foundation tells Bombay HC

The reduction in noise pollution during Ganesh Chaturthi is expected to have been an aftermath of the DJ ban enforced by Bombay High Court this year. However, Awaaz Foundation stated that the level of noises at Nashik and Pune hasn’t decreased much


Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and splendor where everyone including the youngsters and the aged dance together at the beats of the music. However, this year, the Bombay High Court had implemented a ban on the use of DJs during the festival. While many people protested against the move, it seems that the move was effective as Awaaz Foundation presented a report displaying a decrease in the noise pollution levels during the festival this year. 

During a hearing of the plea to ban the use of DJ during the festival, Awaaz Foundation presented an affidavit which stated that the noise pollution levels have reduced this year. One of the reasons for the change is the ban on the use of DJs during the festival. Sumaira Abdulali from the organisation stated that due to the ban on DJ and use of traditional instruments for celebration, exponentially decreased the noise levels during Ganesh Chaturthi. 

Earlier, Professional Audio and Lighting Association (PALA) had filed a petition in the court to lift the ban on the use of DJs who would function by bearing the noise pollution norms in mind. However, the court rejected the petition straight away.

On the other hand, the report suggested that despite the ban on DJs, the noise levels in Nashik and Pune had increased instead of decreasing.