Mumbai (Maharastra) : Usual noise pollution is upto 65 decibels however during festivals such as Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi it almost doubles to about 120 decibels. This is certainly deleterious to the health of man. Addressing a press conference today Dr. Oak of the Association of Medical Consultants stated that befor Divali they would be visiting schools to explain to students how fire crackers cause noise pollution. The association has drafted an appeal in this regard. Fireworks are responsible for both physical and psychological losses. Dr. Oak informed that 75 decibels of sound for a continuous period of 8 hours is sufficient to create irritability, rise in blood pressure, heart disease, etc. thus disrupting day-to-day life. Fireworks also generate poisonous gases which cause respiratory diseases. In 1980 the World Health Organisation did a serious study on this issue because of which in foreign countries there is more caution about this. This is certainly lacking in India. This association of doctors is receiving assistance from the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad and the Noise Foundation in this awareness campaign. (Congratulations to this Medical Association for making attempts to reduce noise pollution which is actually the responsibility of the government. Why should the people nurture the government which is a white elephant ? For the past seven years the Sanatan Sanstha has been doing propaganda on how harmful fire crackers are to the nation and society. Will the government take this seriously at least now and mete out severe punishment to those creating noise pollution ? – Editor)
‘Today celebration of a Hindu religious festival means extorting money from a common man, noise pollution, lewd dancing and is really frightening ! Such Hindus and Hindu protagonist political organisations and gigantic Hindu organisations who do not make any attempts to reform these Hindus deserve destruction’. – Dr. Jayant Athavale, Sanatan Sanstha (15th September 2007)
Source :‘ Daily Sanatan Prabhat ‘
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