There has been no let-up in decibel levels in the past three years during Ganesh festival. While Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) plans to monitor decibel levels at 15-20 sites in the city,the police commissioners office has had several meetings with Ganesh mandals to stress the need for an eco-friendly and peaceful festival.
DCP (Zone I) Makarand Ranade said mandals had agreed to keep decibel levels to a minimum. We will take action against those who violate the norms, he said.
District Collector Vikas Deshmukh said,Ganesh mandals will be allowed to play till midnight. However,this does not mean that they flout the laws and cause noise pollution.
MPCB assistant secretary (Technical) said the noise levels would be checked across the state. As per earlier reports,noise levels at several places exceeded 100 decibels during the immersion procession. Noise has been recognised as an ambient air pollutant and as per norms,the permissible noise level during the day is 50dB in silence zones and 55dB in residential areas. Data with MPCB and Pune Municipal Corporation show that decibel levels were the highest on the concluding day of the festival.
Every year,there is a rise of five-six decibels, said PMC environment officer Mangesh Dighe. The PMC was emphasising on an eco-friendly Ganesh festival this year and would also address noise pollution,he added.