A day after the annual Dussehra rally by the Shiv Sena at Shivaji Park violated noise rules, anti-noise activist Sumaira Abdulali wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai police commissioner Ahmad Javed, demanding action be taken as per the environment rules and the Bombay Police Act.
On Thursday, Abdulali, convener of non-governmental organisation Awaaz Foundation, recorded noise levels to find that the speech by senior Sena leader and state environment minister Ramdas Kadam was the loudest at 97.4 decibels (dB), followed by party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s at 89.4dB.
According to the noise standards laid down under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, residential and silence zones should have 55dB and 50dB during the day and 45dB and 40dB during the night respectively.
Shivaji Park is a silence zone.
“The background level prior to the beginning of the function was 62-68dB. Noise levels were violated during every speech at the function, and reached peak levels of 97dB during the speech of environment minister Shri Ramdas Kadam,” said the letter written by Abdulali, adding that action should be taken according to the law.
Noise levels from speeches by Shiv Sena leader Adesh Bandekar, member of parliament Sanjay Raut and Marathi actor Sharad Ponkshe, who joined the party last year, stood at 85.2dB, 82.9dB and 77.4dB respectively.
A recent Bombay high court order gave permission to the Sena to hold the rally but with certain restrictions.
The noise level at the rally was measured to check whether the party had complied with the high court order.