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Mandals demand more noisy days during Ganpati

Friday, 4 July 2014 - 7:30am IST | Agency: dna

[Drumming up] Organisers justify demand, saying they are not getting enough time for celebrations
  • An artist gives finishing touches to a Ganesh idol at a workshop in Parel on Thursday Swapnil Sakhare dna

Ganesh mandals across the city want relaxation in noise pollution norms during Ganeshotsav. The organisers have made this demand on the ground that they are not getting enough time for celebrations. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi will be observed on August 29.

The Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), an umbrella body of nearly 10,500 mandals, recently wrote to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, seeking increase in the number of days when loudspeakers are permitted between 10pm and 12am.

According to rules, the state allows use of loudspeakers beyond 10 pm for 15 days in a year, with three being the quota for Ganpati festival. The mandals want the annual figure to be increased to 30, including 10 days for Ganeshotsav.

"There is a huge demand from the people during the Ganesh festival to increase the noise relaxation days. Apart from the environment ministry, we have also written to all the MPs from the state, seeking their support. We are very much hopeful," said Naresh Dahibaonkar, president of BSGSS.

Anti-noise pollution activist Sumaira Abdulali said the move is not in public interest. "Earlier, several organisation and political parties had approached the ministry but nothing happened. These are Supreme Court directives and nobody can change the rules."

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