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Noise level and Annoyance in Mela Ground, Santiniketan, India during Poush Mela

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Science, Siksha-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 4, Issue (6), Pages 1-6, June,22 (2015)


Noise level was monitored for two consecutive years of 2012 and 2013 during Poush Mela (fair) organized by VisvaBharatiUniversity, Santiniketan, West Bengal held during 23rdto 25th December every year. Poush Mela is one of the great occasions in Santiniketan, which draws thousands of people from all over India as well as neighboring countries.The Poush Mela ground become abuzz with various activities, excitement, and joy due to the mingling of almost 50,000 odd visitors, which is enough to give rise to noise pollution. In order to check the intensity of the pollution, noise data were recorded from various locations of the Mela (fair) ground during morning, evening and night hours. The various noise level indices like Equivalent Sound Level (Leq), Day Night Level (Ldn), Community Equivalent Level (Lden) and Noise Pollution Level (Lnp) were determined to compare them with the national standard levels. Probable measures which can keep the noise levels during Poush Mela in check were discussed.A social survey was adopted to study the impact of noise on the people during Poush Mela.


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