Mumbai: The Bombay high court has asked the state government to file an affidavit pertaining to the report on the violation of noise pollution norms filed by Awaaz Foundation on Wednesday in the court. Awaaz Foundation in its report stated that even though the state had banned use of DJ systems during Ganesh festival, traditional instruments — drums, dhols and banjos — violated noise levels in the city.
The petitioner alleged that noise norms were violated in front of police officers but they did not take any action. Awaaz Foundation has put out a chart detailing noise pollution in various parts of the city.
A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M.S. Sonak was hearing a bunch of PILs filed opposing noise pollution during festivals and erection of illegal pandals.
On Wednesday, Awaaz foundation that is one of the petitioners filed a report before the court saying as per high court orders of August 10, 11, 12 and 16 the state had to abide by the noise pollution rules 2000.
Accordingly, Sanjay Salunkhe, one of the members of Awaaz Foundation had recorded noise levels from various parts of the city. The report stated that after banning DJ and dolby systems during immersion the noise levels were still high. The reason noted by the foundation was traditional instruments like Nashik-Dhol, Pune-Dhol, Banjo drums trumpet violated noise levels.
According to the chart, the highest noise level was measured at Santacruz which was 113.9 decibel. After that highest noise level was measured at Juhu, Dharavi T junction, Sion circle, Mahim, Matunga, Worli and Girgaon.