High noise levels during Ganpati visarjan in Thane despite fewer processions

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

THANE: Immersion rituals during Ganeshotsav continued to remain a noisy affair in Thane with sound levels during visarjan processions hitting 100 decibels (dB), anti-noise activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar said on Thursday.Dr Bedekar, who measured the noise levels in various parts of the city, said though the number of processions was lesser this year, the use of amplifiers and speaker walls caused the maximum sound.The Panchpakhadi area registered 85-90dB at 10pm while the Talao Pali immersion site witnessed 95-100dB noise at 11pm due to dhol tasha, amplifiers. Vartak Nagar remained comparatively silent at 70dB, said Bedekar.Meanwhile, the idol of chief minister Eknath Shindes Thane house was also immersed at a nearby artificial pond late on Wednesday. However, barely one of every 10 Ganpati idols that came for visarjan in the city was immersed in an eco-friendly manner, revealed civic data. Of the 13,955 idol immersions, only 2,045 were done at various artificial ponds and designated tanks.

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