Hyderabad: Ganesh Chaturthi has no impact on noise level
Hyderabad: Five days into Ganesh Chaturthi and the city seems to know how to celebrate it without increasing the sound level. As a blessing in disguise, the noise pollution level in the city remains the same, show the data from the CPCB monitoring system.
While the noise level in the city has been ranging between 80 decibels and 60 decibels, contribution by the ongoing Ganesh festival to this cacophony is reported to be negligible, the CPCB data noted.
The noisiest place in the city is Paradise Circle with 80 decibels. However, Abids overtook it with 88.5 decibels on August 27, the first day of immersion.
The police said that total number of cases related to noise pollution stood at 35 cases in the north zone in August.
“It is a misconception that festivals tend to be noisier. With more police patrolling, those making noises are warned on the spot,” said B Sumathi, DCP, north zone. She added that pandals and Ganesh samitis were following the norm, laid down by the police.
In the west zone, where many Ganeshas have already been immersed, officials said the noise level reached 75 decibels in Gachibowli, the highest in all five days of the festival.
“Major Ganesha units, the Khairatabad Ganesha, make noises all the day. We are we are trying to regulate it. Now organisers are trying to regulate it after 10 pm,” said Mr Raj Kumar Singari, an office-bearer of the Sri Ganesh Utsav Committee, Khairatabad.
Environmentalists, however, said that the worst is yet to come with the conclusion of festivities on September 5.