Day six: Navi Mumbai breaks sound barriers
Noise from firecrackers, drums and loud speakers exceeded the permissible noise limits during the immersion processions in Navi Mumbai on Monday, according to figures recorded by a non-government organisation (NGO).mumbai Updated: Sep 07, 2011 00:54 IST
Noise from firecrackers, drums and loud speakers exceeded the permissible noise limits during the immersion processions in Navi Mumbai on Monday, according to figures recorded by a non-government organisation (NGO).
Awaaz Foundation, the NGO, recorded noise levels in 13 locations in Navi Mumbai on September 5, the fifth day of Ganeshotsav. The organisation will record noise levels in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board will also begin recording noise levels in the city from September 7 to September 11.
According to the noise pollution rules, the permissible noise level during the day is 50dB in silence zones and 55dB in residential areas.
The permissible noise limit at night is 40dB and 45dB respectively.
But in Navi Mumbai, noise from firecrackers reached 94 dB at Sectors 15, 16 and 17 in Koparkhairane, while at Nerul (near State Bank of Travancore) the sound recorded was 92. 5 dB. In Nerul’s Sector 1, a loudspeaker on a moving truck registered a noise level of 95.6 decibels (dB) at 8.45 pm. However, except at MGM Hospital, Vashi, the noise levels recorded at silence zones were within permissible limits.
Firecrackers near the hospital, which is a silence zone, got noise levels rising to 94 dB.
“From the point of view of prevention, it is more difficult to control firecrackers than loudspeakers, which can be confiscated by the police,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convener, Awaaz Foundation.
“Most of the processions in Navi Mumbai used firecrackers and drums. We found very few mandals that used loudspeakers.”
“When the police are involved in the planning stage, curbing noise becomes much easier,” said Abdulali.
Last month, the Bombay High court directed the Thane police to ensure that there was no violation of noise pollution norms in Thane’s 11 silence zones during the Ganesh festival.