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Loud bhajans wake up sec 15, Vashi residents at 4am
Vijay Singh,TNN | Sep 20, 2015, 12.03 AM IST
NAVI MUMBAI: Ever since Ganeshotsav began earlier this week, residents on Parmarth Niketan Marg, sector 15, Vashi are being woken up as early as 4am, as bhajans are being played on full volume by a religious body.
The residents of several buildings on this road have often called up the police emergency number to complain about the noise pollution. Though the cops intervene to stop the loud music, the situation reportedly goes back to square one.
"This lane is a silence zone, as there is a hospital here, along with a civic school. However, during festivals such as Ganeshotsav, Ekadashi and Navratri, our sleep is disturbed due to the loud music being played early in the morning. We are completely fed up of this situation," said a resident.
The residents are now undertaking a signature campaign, to be submitted to the police and also Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), in order to establish peace and silence in their neighbourhood.
"We have also video recorded the pre-dawn music blaring out and kept a log of the sound intensity during the day with the use of decibel meters. The noise level crossed over 65 decibels (dB) on Ganesh Chaturthi," said another harried local.
The deputy commissioner of police (zone-I) Shahaji Umap said, on Saturday at a media briefing, that it has been a rather quiet festival. "We have not received any formal complaints. If citizens do submit their grievance, we will take action."
Ajay Marathe, anti-noise activist, Awaaz Foundation said that to ensure a permanent solution to the noise problem, it is best if the affected residents submit a formal complaint to Vashi police. "The law enforcers will then have to take action, as per the Bombay high court order on this issue,"
The founder of Awaaz Foundation, Sumaira Abdulali, had told TOI that the high court directions are quite clear — the sound levels must not cross the permissible levels during any festival of any religious group.
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•Unknown•4 days ago
this is not a good trend that people can do anything in the name of religion. they should care about the people who live around the mandirs.
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Awaaz Foundation's anti- noise pollution campaign has been covered extensively in the Press and media since 2003.