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Railways and Road transport are primary contributors to noise pollution: NEERI study

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) (95.3dB) was the noisiest location across Mumbai during the day

Railways and Road transport are primary contributors to noise pollution: NEERI study
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According to a first-of-its-kind noise-mapping by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), railways and road transport are the topmost contributors to noise in the city.

As per the findings of the study, the average noise level from railways was recorded at 89 decibels (dB) that was the highest on working days. This was followed by major roads and national highways at 88.7 dB and 85dB, respectively.

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Meanwhile, the noise emanated from an industrial area on a working day stood at 85.8dB, while that from a commercial space was 87.2dB. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) (95.3dB) was the noisiest location across Mumbai during the day.

Following Bombay High Court’s (HC) order, NEERI monitored the noise across 55 locations in Mumbai for 48 hours on both working and non-working days. The locations were divided into nine categories – railways (7 locations), national highway (4), expressway (1), major and minor roads (10), industrial sites (10), commercial (8), residential (10), and silence (5).

On Monday, NGO Awaaz Foundation made the report public on their website. Sumaira Abdulali, convener, Awaaz Foundation said that the NEERI report comprehensively measures noise from traffic at numerous spots in Mumbai and validates their findings that traffic is a major contributor to Mumbai’s high noise levels.

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