Every citizen using a smart phone can now become an activist. For the first time this Navratri season, several citizens have downloaded simple free apps from the internet on to smart phones and have become empowered activists
Awaaz Foundation’s founder, Sumaira Abdulali, the moving force behind trying to bring decibel levels down in Mumbai says, “This is the first time citizens have started downloading the free application to measure noise on their iPhones, iPads and android phones and making complaints when decibel levels are above permissible limits”. She says that while many citizens have complained to the police with their readings, some prefer to make anonymous complaints.
What is, however, clear is that you don’t need to allow illegal sound levels to kill your festival spirit, you can join the movement against noise pollution armed with just a smart phone and maybe a camera to collect proof.
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(Courtesy: Awaaz Foundation)
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