As reported earlier, Karve Road had recorded an average noise level of 92.7 dB during Laxmi Puja day in 2015, the highest in Maharashtra. While this year’s 93.3 dB at Laxmi Road exceeded that figure, the highest night-time noise level in Pune was at Swargate with 76.4 dB, which was also the noisiest in 2015.
The biggest change, however, comes with overall night-time noise levels (between 10pm and 6am) reducing from 67.1 dB in 2015, to 58.5 dB this Diwali, a drop of 8.6 dB across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. This comes as some respite for residents of Pune, which had experienced an average night noise level of 72.4 dB during Diwali 2014. While noise levels are on a steady decline, they are still not close to the recommended levels.
According to physician and Anti-Noise Pollution Committee founder Yeshwant Oke, “The change in perception of Diwali being the festival of lights and not noise, is gaining momentum. I have received word of reduction in noise from residents in Pune as well as other cities of the state. Slowly but surely, the campaign against noise is progressing.“
Oke’s `Diwali Oath’ against noise pollution was printed in the Diwali edition of the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad’s magazine, and distributed to all its 68 branches.
As per the Noise Rules, 2000, the suggested average noise levels for residential areas are 55 dB for day time and 45 dB for night. MPCB had deployed noise monitors at 15 locations 12 in Pune and three in Pimpri Chinchwad between October 30 and November 1. Across Maharashtra, the activity was carried out at 109 locations.
Source : TOI