For a regular party planner like Vanita Rodrigues, the best party so far has been the one that was virtually noise-free.
“Last year, we held a party at Breach Candy Club, which is close to their hospital and hence does not allow any kind of music or loud noises. It turned out to be more fun since the music and dancing were substituted by fun activities, games and conversations,” said Rodrigues, proprietor of JoyRide, a party planning service in Andheri.
Subhash Patil, officer-in-charge, Advanced Locality Managements (ALMs), BMC, said parties are a big source of noise pollution in localities, particularly the ones that engage the services of a disc jockey. “Though parties and activities are social events, people should take care not to disturb others in the process,” said Patil.
Some citizens have come up with ways to have fun without flouting the noise rules. Adhiraj Bose, a student from KC College, had previously been in trouble with neighbours over noise from his house parties. He now takes extra care to ensure his parties don’t disturb the neighbours. “I often substitute music with karaoke sessions which results in lesser noise,” said Bose, who now shuts doors and windows during a party and turns off the music by 10pm.
“Soundproofing walls, doors and windows is the best way to ensure noise doesn’t leak out,” said Ravi Sebastian, proprietor, Sound Core, a soundproofing treatment service based in Vikhroli.