After the College of Engineering Punes (COEP) sound monitoring data found extremely high decibel levels during the immersion procession of the Ganesh festival,the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) too on Friday released it findings,which showed that noise levels had crossed 100 decibels at a majority of places in the city.
The maximum noise levels were registered on the immersion day,and out of the 20 sites that were monitored by MPCB in the city,the levels on September 18 were over 100 decibels at ten places. These include Laxmi Road (Shagun Chowk),which recorded the maximum noise level at 116.3 decibels,Mahatma Phule Mandai at 111.2 decibels,Satara Road,Kothrud,Koregaon Park,Khadki,M G Road,Pimpri,Parvati and Hadapsar registering noise level over 100 decibels. At various places the decibel levels were higher by seven-10 points as against those registered last year,MPCB data pointed out.
The data also shows that on the seventh day (September 15) of the festival the maximum noise levels registered were between 90-100 decibels. Ganesh festival and Diwali are the two occasions when MPCB monitors noise levels as they are known to hit a deafening high.
Decibel levels registered both by the MPCB and Pune Municipal Corporation,in the last three years,show the levels were the highest on the day of immersion,PMC environment officer Mangesh Dighe said. He added that noise has been recognised as an ambient air pollutant and according to the noise pollution rules,the permissible noise level during the day was 50dB in silence zones and 55dB in residential areas.
MPCB Assistant Secretary (technical) P K Mirashe said the noise levels were checked in various places in the state including Pune. The trend in the last couple of years shows an increase in the high decibel levels,Mirashe added. The 20 sites monitored in Pune include Shivajinagar,Karve Road,Swargate,Satara Road,Shaniwar Peth,Yerawada,Laxmi Road,Kothrud,Mahatma Phule Mandai,Saras Baug,Hadapsar,Parvati,Koregaon Park,Khadki,M G Road,Chaphekar Chowk,Pimpri,Thergaon,Navi Sanghvi and Bhosari.