Keep Ganesh fest hushed in silent zones: Mumbai NGO writes to PM
Anti-noise pollution activists have raised a strong objection against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s plans to relax noise pollution norms for the Ganesh utsav festival in silence zones.
City-based NGO, Awaaz Foundation has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention. They also plan to bring the issue to the Bombay High Court’s notice on Thursday during a hearing on a petition on curbing traffic noise.
Recently, Fadnavis said that the State will seek permission from the Union Environment Minister to permit loudspeakers in silence zones for the 10-day festival this year. In case the request was not processed in time, the State government will issue an Ordinance to allow it, he said.
In her letter to the PM and Union Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. Convenor of Awaaz Foundation Sumaira Abdulali has appealed to them on behalf of the health of citizens of Mumbai to intervene against such a measure, which also violates a Statute of the Indian Parliament, the Noise Pollution Rules of the MoEFCC, and Supreme Court and Bombay High Court Orders.
“If needed, we will file a fresh petition against the State, which is contradicting its own undertaking to the Bombay High Court’s 2016 order that it would ensure …read more