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Richa Pinto,TNN | Sep 5, 2015, 11.35 PM IST
MUMBAI: Citizen activists will hit the streets on Sunday to measure noise levels during Dahi Handi festival. In the past, there have been instances of mandals flouting noise norms during Dahi Handi. Hence residents from Bandra, Marine Drive and Churchgate have decided to measure noise levels in their respective areas and upload the data on a webpage called 'Citizens Noise Map' on a social networking site.
The initiative is being led by activist Sumaira Abdulali, who's Awaaz Foundation creates noise pollution awareness. Abdulali said she can measure noise levels only at a few spots and has hence asked other activists and residents to volunteer to measure the pollution in their respective areas.
"On Sunday, I will visit several Dahi Handi spots to measure the decibel levels. Some places in Thane and Navi Mumbai are being monitored by other activists. It is not possible for me to cover each and every area. I have requested certain residents' associations to measure the levels in their respective areas and upload the data on the Facebook page created by me. This will give us data of decibel levels in each area," said Abdulali, adding that these readings will help while lodging complaints.
In Bandra (W), activist Lilian Pais will monitor the noise levels at St John the Baptist Road and near Mehboob Studio. In south Mumbai, citizens from Nariman Point Churchgate Residents Association will do the job in areas like Marine Drive and Churchgate. Atul Kumar, vice-president and trustee of the association, said one can simply download an application (noise watch) on their smartphones and monitor the decibel levels. "One does not need any special gadget to monitor the decibels," said Kumar.
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Awaaz Foundation's anti- noise pollution campaign has been covered extensively in the Press and media since 2003.