GB Road turns to be the noisiest stretch: Study
Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Dec 17, 2015, 10.35 AM IST
Thane: A study undertaken by the TMC's pollution control board has revealed that residential stretches along Ghodbunder Road are fast becoming one of the noisiest stretches in Thane.
The noise level readings published in the Environmental Status Report 2014-15 has had activists blaming the rapid urbanization, rise in traffic and reducing green cover for the excessive decibel levels. The entire residential stretch located along either sides of the GB road show massive noise levels (see box). As per the study, six out of ten spots in the city show noise levels exceeding the prescribed limits.
"The stretch along GB road is witnessing large scale construction activities plus the traffic has also increased here so it is obvious the noise levels would be higher," says Sumaira Abdulali, an anti-noise pollution activist. Eco-activist Ajay Marathe says the loss of trees could be one major reason why the sound levels are higher in urban areas like Thane.
"Even a 10 db rise is equal to 100 per cent increase of damage and such high levels of noise pollution should not be neglected. Small children and senior citizens are the most susceptible lot and pregnant women can also be affected to some extent," cautioned said Dr Pradeep Uppal, ENT surgeon.
Awaaz Foundation's anti- noise pollution campaign has been covered extensively in the Press and media since 2003.