Great performance of Mumbaikars in this year’s Ganeshotsav; For the first time in 18 years!

The first two waves of the corona hit Mumbaikars hard. Although the number of patients is currently low, a third wave is now expected. Corona restrictions have been relaxed by the state government. However, the next few months are festive and need to be taken care of. Meanwhile, during the recent Ganeshotsav, people took caution and brought Bappa home and said goodbye. There is good news for Mumbaikars. According to figures collected by the Awaaz Foundation on September 19, Mumbai has celebrated the quietest Ganesh Chaturthi this year in the last 18 years.

According to statistics, even on the last day of the festival, the noise level in the city had reached 93.1 decibels (dB). The level was 100.7 dB during the entire festival in 2020. Figures released by the Voice Foundation show that the highest volume ever recorded in the city was during the fourth quarter of 2015. At that time the noise level was 123.7 dB. After that, in the fourth quarter of 2013, the level was 123.2 dB. The Voice Foundation is recording noise levels in the city during major festivals. Meanwhile, this year, violations of the rules and noise levels were relatively low.

The Awaaj Foundation is thankful for the police system and the cooperation of Ganesh Mandals to reduce noise compared to 2020. The report highlights issues that are responsible for low noise. These include lack of loudspeakers, fireworks and more. The human ear can tolerate sound up to 70 dB. However, during festivals people forget everything and use DJs and other instruments to increase the volume. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi 2019, 121.3 dB sound was recorded.


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