City had noisier Diwali this year, Marine Drive was the loudest
The city saw a noisier Diwali this year as compared to 2016, according to an NGO that raises awareness about noise pollution. This year, noise levels touched 117.8 maximum decibel (dB), rising from last year’s 113.5 dB.
The figure was, however, lower than that of 2015, when the highest recording showed noise levels of 123 dB. Like last year, this year too, the maximum noise level was recorded at Marine Drive — a popular spot for the festive activity.
The noisiest crackers were burst between 10 pm to 1 am, when the deadline for cracker bursting is 10 pm. “There is no formal relaxation on bursting crackers post 10 pm, like there is on the use of loud speakers during festivals period,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, which has been spearheading the fight against noise pollution. She added, “The highest noise-level was recorded just minutes before midnight.”
In residential areas, the permissible noise level is up to 55 dB before 10 pm and 45 dB after 10 pm. Commercial areas have a permissible level of 65 dB from 6 am to 10 pm and 55 dB from 10 pm to 6 am. At no place was the noise levels within the …read more