Decibel levels on the first day of immersions found to be higher than last year's, say activists of Awaaz Foundation

With Ganesh Chaturthi beginning today, organisers will be able to play music in silence zones that spread in a 100-metre radius around hospitals, educational institutes and courts.

The lanes of Bindal, with stalls selling colourful Ganesha idols, have been buzzing with customers over the past few days.

Pune: A group of activists and citizens have signed a petition to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to heed the Supreme Court judgments and restore the silence zones.

Pune: Nanasaheb Shendkar had a thriving business of thermocol decorative items that he made in his own factory.

MYSURU: Join to Help Charitable Trust, under its Mruthyunjaya Scheme, will distribute free eco-friendly Ganesha idols to people.

This is not the first time a minister has come forward to highlight the benefits of environment-friendly idols.

“With no silence zones, it will be a lot easier to get permissions for mandals around hospitals and educational institutes.

MUMBAI: Seventeen years after Noise Pollution Rules came into force, the Centre last week made changes to the law, putting a question mark over the fate of silence zones across the country.

Meanwhile in Thane, which witnesses high decibel levels during Gokulashtami celebrations saw lesser number of events organised as compared to last year