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India’s capital of noise
Indian laws formally limit noise levels to 55 decibels. But on many days, the noise level soars much higher — like when thousands of Hindus march through Mumbai in the annual parade to honor the elephant-headed god Ganesh. With the racket intensifying as well-to-do Indians flaunt their wealth with noisy celebrations in big cities, some Indians are waging a battle against offenders. Read related article.
Mumbai, India is home to the annual 10-day Ganesh festival, which is arguably one of the loudest religious ceremonies in the country.
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Musicians play the drums as part of an immersion procession during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Worli Naka, Mumbai. (Karen Dias/For The Washington Post)
Heavy traffic is one of the highest causes of noise pollution in Mumbai, as seen here outside Bandra train station. (Photo by Karen Dias/For The Washington Post)
A welder builds a metal frame for an air conditioner outside his shop in the narrow bylanes of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
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