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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Deafening din at Mumbai’s Ganesh send-off

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 20, 2013
First Published: 08:51 IST(20/9/2013) | Last Updated: 08:56 IST(20/9/2013)

The Ganeshotsav festivities threaten to expose the city to increasingly high noise levels every year, as indicated by the noise readings taken on Wednesday, the 10th day of visarjan.

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Non-profit Awaaz Foundation, recorded an all-time noise level high of 123.2 decibels (dB), shooting above last year’s highest reading of 121.4 dB (the sound made by thunder or a diesel engine room, classified as being deafening).

Traditional instruments continued to be major contributors to the deafening noise.

The highest noise level on Wednesday was produced by instruments such as cymbals and drums at Worli Naka, the reading of which was taken between 10.10pm and 10.25pm.

Last year, too, the tasha, which is a metal hammer beaten on a metallic plate, produced the loudest noise. Disc jockeys (DJs) were also culprits this year, as activists recorded a high reading of 121.8dB at Lamington Road after midnight, coming from a DJ.

Noise pollution rules were flouted in almost every part of the city, with Awaaz Foundation recording noise levels above 100dB at eight different places.

Even in Thane, traditional instruments dominated at processions on Wednesday, said antinoise activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar, who observed that 60% of processions carried instruments such as dhol-tashas, while 30% had big speaker systems installed on trucks, and 10% had banjos (a stringed instrument).

“Police, too, were recording noise from processions for the first time this year and said they had found an average noise level of about 95 dB from processions,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor, Awaaz Foundation.

However, senior police officers did not comment on this.

3 HELD FOR FIRING IN AIR

Three people were arrested after two Ganesh mandals got into an argument, which led to one firing a round in the air in Mulund (East) on early Thursday.

Navghar police said the altercation between members of Veer Sambhaji Nagar Mandal and Bal Mitra Mandal took place over who would immerse the idol first at a site on the EEH.


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