After 5 Years, Diwali Noise Beyond 80 Db In Nashik | Nashik News – Times of India



NASHIK: People’s excitement to celebrate Diwali in a big way after a two-year Covid-induced lull was palpable in the run-up to the festival of lights. And when they did celebrate, the sound turned out to be too much for one’s ears with the noise breaching the 80 decibel (dB)-level for the first time after 2018.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) monitors noise levels at five locations in the city. The “average” noise levels recorded by the MPCB across Nashik this year stood at 78.8 dB from 6am to 10 pm as against the ambient levels of 65 dB. At night, the levels touched 74.9 dB as against the ambient levels of 55 dB.

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The average noise levels in 2018 were 79.2 dB. The MPCB monitoring centre had then recorded the noise level in the Central Bus Stand terminus area at 81 dB. This year, the Dahipool area was the noisiest ( 80.1 dB), followed by the Central Bos Stand locality.
“On the day of Lakshmi puja, crackers were burst without a break for three hours in the evening. The noise had peaked from 7pm to 8.30 pm,” an MPCB officer here said.
“The rising noise levels not only cause irritation but also cause psychological problems,” said Jagbir Singh, founder of the Manav Utthan Manch. Sanjay Deshpande, a young resident, said, “We wonder what happened to the green crackers. If they were good, why the pollution levels are on the rise?”

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