Even as the state government is expected to file a compliance report on Monday before the Bombay High Court on the noise levels at the MNS Gudi Padwa function in Shivaji Park, anti-noise pollution activist Sumaira Abdulali has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for action to be taken against organisers for rampant violations.
Abdulali, founder of NGO Awaaz Foundation along with Wecom Trust, which has filed a petition in the HC on the matter, measured noise levels at the rally for a period of five hours. The decibel levels at the park, which is within a silence zone, were measured from the time preparations of the rally began at 4pm till people left Shivaji Park at around 9pm. The use of loudspeakers is disallowed in silence zones and the counsel representing MNS had assured the HC that a sound distribution system will be used instead.
“Permission was granted for use of distributed sound system (not loudspeakers) between 5pm and 10pm. On inspection of the venue, no distributed sound system of 3.5 watts as specified in the permissions had been placed, instead traditional loudspeakers of about 250 watts each were in use,” the complaint sent to the CM reads. It adds that loudspeakers were intermittently used, along with drums and metal plates beaten with a hammer, shooting maximum noise level to 119.4dB.
The sound created by loudspeaker being checked prior to the programme, music from loudspeakers, announcements being made for people to vacate cricket pitches they were sitting on, were also in the range of 77dB to 113dB. The lowest recorded noise decibel levels recorded during the function was 60dB, higher than permissible limit.
The function had six speeches by MNS party members, including party president Raj Thackeray, the decibel level of whose speech was 72.8dB to 85dB.
“Noise levels were violated during every speech, and peaked at 89.dB during speech of MNS spokesperson Shri Avinash Abhyankar,” the complaint seeking action against the organisers said further. It urged the CM and the city police commissioner to take action in accordance with law.