At 105.2 decibels, Pune records the loudest celebrations on the last day of Ganeshotsav

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With Covid restrictions lifted after two years, this year’s dumping procession was the loudest in six years, according to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the College of Engineering Pune (COEP). According to the COEP, the average noise level obtained at 10 locations in the city on the last day of the festival was 105.2 dB (decibel) against 86.2 dB (2019), 90.4 dB (2018) and 90.9 dB (2017).

COEP has been monitoring noise levels on Anant Chaturdashi, the last day of the Ganesh festival, since 2001.

Mahesh Shindikar, Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Applied Science, COEP, said: “On September 9, a record noise was recorded during Ganesh’s immersion procession with spatio-temporal (space-time) readings very high and such a risky noise for everyone.”

The readings were taken by a team of CoEP students, led by their professor Shindikar, who collected sound samples from 10 significant areas of the Ganpati procession and visarjan, using spatio-temporal and scientific detectors .

MPCB, the nodal agency responsible for monitoring and studying noise pollution and noise levels, found that it exceeded the permitted limit of 65 dB in commercial areas at 18 sites across Pune. According to MPCB manager Pratap Jagtap, “This year there were no restrictions to enjoy the festival and therefore the sound levels were above the hearing capacity of any individual which is 50dB. This is not a continuous sound but showing the dips and rise in sound, so dB levels have crossed over 90 this year.

MPCB ​​data showed that at six locations – Shivajinagar (Sakhar Sankul) 97.19 dB, Shaniwar peth (Shaniwarwada) 94.32 dB, Laxmi road (Shagun chowk) 96.12 dB, Mahatma Phule Mandai 98.70 dB , Sarasbaug (Mitra Mandal chowk) 96.19 dB and Khadki (Near Bazaar) 94.79 dB.

In accordance with the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 (as amended 2017) issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, 55dB daytime and 45dB nighttime is the permitted noise limit in residential areas.

The deafening sound of loudspeakers disturbed many residents along Tilak Road, Laxmi Road, Bajirao Road, Kelkar Road, Kumthekar Road and Tilak Road, with some old structures also shaking at because of the sound waves, residents said.

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