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					Report on Ganpati visarjan 22nd September 2010



Time          Place           Decibel      Comments
                              level
7.45pm        Next to         80dB         Procession with
              Barbecue                     drums no
              Nation Bandra                loudspeakers
              West
7.50pm        Next to                      Complaint from        Silence
              Victoria                     resident – truck      Zone
              Church Mahim                 with loudspeakers
                                           playing popular
                                           music
7.59pm        Opposite Arya 90dB           DJ on truck playing   Silence
              Vidya Mandir                 popular songs         Zone
              School Linking
              Road
8.01pm        Next to        115dB         Firecrackers of road Silence
              Santacruz                                         Zone
              Police Station
8.02pm        Masjid                       Loudspeakers          Silence
              opposite                                           Zone
              Santacruz
              Police Station
8.04pm        Opposite       80.6dB        Truck with            Silence
              SNDT College                 loudspeakers          Zone
                                           playing popular
                                           music
8.05pm        Opposite                     Firecrackers on       Silence
              SNDT College                 road in police        Zone
                                           presence
8.8.06pm      Opposite                     Drums MNS booth       Silence
              SNDT College                                       Zone
8.08pm        Juhu Tara       90-91dB      Truck with DJ
              Road                         playing popular
                                           music
8.18pm        Opposite        85dB         Truck with DJ         Silence
              Maneckji                     playing popular       Zone
              Cooper School                music
8.52pm        Juhu Tara       82dB         Truck with DJ
              ROad                         playing polular
                                           music
8.56pm        Juhu Tara       89.7dB       Truck with DJ
              Road                         playing popular
                                           music
9.00pm        Juhu                         No loudspeakers or
              Chowpatty                    instruments
9.00 –        From Juhu                    Several processions   Silence and
9.08pm        Chowpatty to               but no                residential
              SV Road past               loudspeakers and      Zones
              NM College                 no instruments.
              etc
9.08pm        S V Road       80dB        No loudspeakers,
                                         but whistles
9.22pm        Near Milan     83dB        Loudspeakers on
              Subway                     trucks playing
              turnoff SV                 popular music
              Road
9.25pm        SV Road near   92dB        Santacruz cha Raja
              Milan subway               loudspeaker on tuck
              turnoff
9.28pm        SV ROad        91.4dB
9.29pm        SV Road        95dB
9.31pm        SV Road Near   91dB        Truck with            Silence
              Asha Parekh                loudspeakers          Zone
              Hospital                   playing popular
                                         music
9.31pm        SV Road Near               Processions no        Silence
              Khar Police                loudspeakers          Zone
              Station
9.39pm        Near Bandra    100.4dB     Loudspeakers and      Silence
              Talao                      drums                 Zone
9.41pm        SV Road,       90.2dB      Loudspeakers and
              Bandra West                drums
9.45pm        Opposite                   Firecrackers on       Silence
              MHADA                      road                  Zone
              Bandra East
9.49-9.53pm   Dharavi        87dB,85-    Loudspeakers and
                             87dB,90dB   drums
.54pm         Opp Mahim      93dB        Loudspeakers and      Silence
              Church                     drums in police       Zone
                                         presence
10.04pm       Matunga Stn    97.6dB
              Road
10.06pm       Near Shiv      93.2dB      Loudpseakers on
              Sena Bhavan    98dB        trucks playing
                             95.9dB      popular music
10.23pm       Ranadr Road    97.5dB      Trucks with
              Chowk          95dB        loudspeakers plaing
                             90.2dB      popular music
10.25pm       Dadar          92.97dB     Trucks with
                                         loudspeakers
                                         playing popular
                                         music
10.26pm       Portuguese     90.2dB      Procession with       Silence
              Church         90.7dB      drums                 Zone
10.34pm       Worli Naka     86.8db      Trucks with           Silence
                                  84.7dB         loudspeakers,        ZOne
                                                 firecrackers on road
11.05pm-        Chowpatty         102.9dB        Continuous Police    Silence
1am (and        Girgaon                          loudspeakers giving Zone
continuing)                                      directions, issuing
                                                 greetings and
                                                 general
                                                 commentary
11.05pm –       Girgaon           101dB          Continuous
1am (and        Chowpatty                        loudspeakers of
continuing)                                      political parties
                                                 greeting
                                                 processions
11.05pm -       Girgaon                          Intermitent
1am (and        Chowpatty                        firecrackers on road
continuing)
11.52pm         Girgaon           97dB           Truck with
                CHowpatty                        loudspeakers in
                                                 police presence
1.01pm          Haji Ali          96 – 98dB      3 Trucks with
                                                 loudspeakers
                                                 playing popular
                                                 music in police
                                                 presence
1.30am          Mahim                            Firecrakers on road


After 2003, this is the first year that visarjan has continued all night and until the
next morning. Police loudspeakers at deafening volumes were mis used to issue
continuous commentary at Girgaon under the guise of keeping law and order. In
all previous years, this was managed through smaller directed police
loudspeakers instead of a large central one. In previous years, visarjan stopped
at 12 midnight or 10pm as appropriate, and police loudspeakers stopped at the
same time.

The difference between noise levels in the jurisdictions of various Police Stations
was marked. For instance, Shivaji Park and Juhu visarjan points did not use
loudspeakers while Girgaon did. The processions were noisy in the jurisdiction
of Santacruz Police Station and quiet in Juhu Police Station jurisdiction, etc.

Many of the smaller processions were quiet and did not use loudspeakers with
the exception of large idols carried on trucks playing loud popular music.



Sumaira Abdulali

Awaaz Foundation

23rd September 2010

				
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