Even though Diwali may have been less noisy this year, the report by NGO Awaaz Foundation shows that public spaces like Marine Drive, Juhu, Shivaji Park and Pali Hill were as noisy as they were the past few years.
This was seen in some places despite the presence of police personnel. In the report sent to the chief minister on Thursday, convenor of the NGO Sumaira Abdulali alleged that the deployed personnel were unaware of the norms.
The anti-noise campaigner said her volunteers reporting from Mahim, Sion, Bandra and Khar, were happy about the quieter Diwali till about 8pm, but noise levels peaked after that and continued till well past the 10pm deadline in some areas. "This is the first time in many years that the deadline was not observed due to the and unaware police," she said.
The noise level recorded in Pali Hill was 125dB, 127dB in parts of Juhu-Vile Parle and between 100 and 127dB in Marine Drive. While figures for Shivaji Park were unavailable, Abdulali said resident had complained about the noise.
Records from the last two years shows decibel levels in these areas hovering between 85 and 130dB, while norms stipulate that they cannot exceed 65dB in residential areas and 55dB in silence zones.