The city bid adieu to the Elephant Lord on Saturday with much vigour — loud music, dhols being played, DJs spinning the latest tracks at ear splitting volumes — leading to the sound levels reaching an all-time high.
According to noise activists, the decibel level recorded on Saturday was the highest not only of the season but also in the past five years at a screeching 121.4 dB. The sound levels broke the previous record of 115 dB that was measured on the fifth day of immersions on September 23.
According to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday also recorded its highest noise level in the last five years.
Commenting on the din, Sumaira Abdulali, founder of the Awaaz foundation, said, “The noise levels on the final visarjan of Ganesha reached an all-time high of 121.4 dB. This noise level is significantly higher than the previous years. Also, what was surprising was that this year, small children were exposed to these ear-splitting sounds at close proximity.”
She added that after the racket had reached painful levels, she also called the police to ask them to order the music to stop. “The music finally was switched off at 12.30 am. However, the sound was unbearable and the levels were higher than any other year.”
And the sounds also bothered other people. Grumbling about the pandemonium, Sheeba Arora said, “I go to Girgaum Chowpatty every year but this year it was just too much. The noise was unbearable. I could not bear the sound.”
Max sound levels recorded at Girgaum Chowpatty:
2011: 85.6 dB
2010: 88.0 dB
2009: 77.5 dB
2008: 82.6 dB
2007: 102.7 dB
2006: 97 dB
Total immersions: 42,660
In artificial lakes:
Total immersions: 1512
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