According to the NGO, DJs were not used except for a single procession at Opera House.
Mumbai: The annual Ganesh festival was a less noisy affair this year compared to the previous two years, noise level readings carried out by NGO Awaaz Foundation revealed. Environmentalists said that lesser noise levels indicated behavioural change among citizens and mandals in celebrating the festival and enhanced sensitivity towards noise pollution.
It was observed that many ganpati pandals stopped using loud speakers and noisy music instruments after the 12 am deadline on the last day of Visarjan.
The highest noise levels were recorded at Opera House junction at 11.54pm on Thursday — of 121.3 dB, where drums, DJ and metal cylinders were used.
“While the procession emitting highest noise stopped the music at 12:00 am, other processions there continued for another five minutes. A procession which continued until 12.07 am was stopped by the police after a complaint,” said Sumaira Abdulali, Convener of Awaaz Foundation.
“Overall, the noise levels were lesser this year which is a positive change. During the first few days of Ganeshotsav this year, we felt that heavy rains could have subdued loud celebrations. However, even on the last day, with no rains at all, there were no loud DJs and prolonged use of loud instruments. It shows that people are understanding the gravity of noise pollution and celebrating festivals in eco-friendly way,” she added.
According to the NGO, DJs were not used except for a single procession at Opera House. Large generators on trucks were also absent.
“The noise levels at Opera house could also be due to the presence of four lanes which witnessed simultaneous processions at the same time. We prepared a model code of conduct this year to keep noise pollution in check, discarding DJs and Dolbys, and using traditional instruments like nashik dhol,” said Naresh Dahibhavkar, president, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti.
Meanwhile, some political party-sponsored mandals continued to use loudspeakers until beyond 12.15am, when the NGO complained and the local police took appropriate action.
Girgaon Chowpatty recorded noise levels of 100.1 decibel at 12.07 am, mostly due to loudspeakers used by mandals. Just two hours earlier, it had recorded decible levels of 103.6 due to loudspeakers. On the other hand, Opera House Junction at 11.54 pm recorded 121.3 dB noise due to banjos, drums, metal cylinder, and DJ music.