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Mumbai police to keep a close watch on Sena`s Dussehra rally

Last Updated: Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 17:59

Mumbai: City police and organisations
dealing in anti-noise pollution will keep a close watch on the
Shiv Sena`s Dussehra rally which will be held at central
Mumbai`s Shivaji Park ground.

The police, equipped with noise meters, will prowl the
ground, which has been categorised as the silence zone, to
measure if the intensity of noise level is beyond permitted 50
decibels during the rally.
"Our men will be having noise meters with them to
measure the sound levels. We have advised the Sena not to
violate High Court order that states the organisers must abide
by Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2010. As per the rules,
noise level should not exceed 50 decibel in silence zones,"
City Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal told PTI.

If they find noise level norms were violated, an
appropriate action would be initiated against the organisers,
he added.

Earlier, the city police had denied permission for the
rally citing silence zone norms, following which the party
moved the High Court.

The Court asked the police and municipal authorities
to allow Sena`s rally at the ground but told the organisers
that the noise level cannot exceed 50 decibel in silence zones
as per Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2010.

Awaaz Foundation, a prominent NGO working to contain
noise levels in the city, will also attend the rally to
measure sound intensity.
"With a noise meter in my hand, I will be going there
to see if the High Court order is followed," said Sumaira
Abdulali, President of Awaaz.

If the Shiv Sena uses loud speakers, then it would be
quite possible that the noise levels would be violated, she

"Even if a person shouts loudly in a silence room, the
sound levels crosses 50 decibels," she explained.

She would write to authorities concerned if she finds
the rules are violated, Abdulali added.

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board will also observe
the rally with regards to sound level, said a senior official
of the board, refusing to elaborate further.

Shiv Sena will install noise barriers on the ground to
maintain noise levels.

For Shiv Sena workers, the Dussehra rally, which has
been held over the last four decades, is a very crucial
meeting as the party chief Bal Thackeray directs his workers
through his speech on the party`s plan of action and his point
of view on several issues.

For the first time, three generations of Thackerays
would share the dais today as the party is all set to launch
`Yuva Sena`, to be helmed by Aditya, grandson of Sena chief
Bal Thackeray.


First Published: Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 17:59

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