Mumbai - ‘It’s never too late’ - the idiom fits Mumbaikars who are slowly and steadily becoming aware about the ill effects of noise pollution which usually peaks during Diwali. This year however, the decibel levels have been considerably lower than last year. “Last year, we recorded a maximum of 123 decibels while this year, we recorded a maximum of 113.5 decibels for the first three days of Diwali. I am really happy that Mumbaikars are getting aware about the sound pollution and air pollution,” said Aawaz Foundtaion convenor Sumaira Abdulali. She has also written a letter to state chief minister Devendra Fadnawis congratulating him for this feat.
However, she added that Mumbaikars don’t follow the deadlines. “When our foundation surveyed Marine Drive, Worli Sea Face and other places, we got to know that people burst crackers post midnight. Mumbaikars should follow the deadline and police should also beef up security.”
According to the Aawaz Foundtaion, decibel levels of 101 were recorded near KEM, TATA and Wadia hospitals, which are pencilled as silent zones.