Unhappy with music blaring beyond permissible levels at the ongoing Sunburn festival, a group of residents from Vaddy-Candolim has questioned the State government’s decision to permit a “trance festival in the midst of a densely populated area and in close proximity to the Primary Health Centre.”
The residents have also claimed that various authorities had shown virtually no interest in taking action to ensure that sound was being played within the time-limit and permissible levels.
In her complaint, Francoise D’Souza, member of the noise pollution committee, accused the Sunburn organisers of “playing ear-splitting music in blatant violation of the permission issued by Mapusa Deputy Collector.”
“The sound was blasted from 10 am on December 27. Calls were made to the 100 (Police Control Room) reporting the sound violations taking place. On calling the deputy collector at 4.35 pm, we received information that the permission order for the Sunburn sound festival was just being signed by him,” stated D’Souza.
“Calls were made to the district magistrate, who informed the public to call the deputy collector, as he had issued the sound orders. Calls were then made to the deputy collector, who said he would inform the police.”
“However, no relief was met and the Sunburn festival continued blasting sound in the open air, in full view of policemen who were present outside the venue. The noise level was exceeding permissible levels when taken from Noise Level Meter reading 90 dB (A) at the boundary of the site, where the festival has been organised,” the complaint stated.
Deploring the indifferent attitude of authorities, D’Souza stated: “The public had to endure blasting of sound for over 10 hours during the day time. The trauma did not stop there, as residents were kept awake throughout the night with the shouting, drinking and screaming of revellers who were leaving the venue by the lone residential lane.”
“We question the logic of authorities in permitting a rave trance festival in the midst of a densely populated residential area.”
“Children and the elderly are the main suffers as they are unable to enjoy a peaceful sleep, rest, read or prayer and are forced to hear the blasting of sound from the sunburn trance party. The blatant sound violations have resulted in public nuisance throughout the coast of Candolim.”
D’Souza has demanded action against the Sunburn organisers for violating the noise pollution rules.
When contacted for comments into the police complaint, Calangute Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo said: “We have been marked a copy, while the complaint has been addressed to DySP who will act in the matter.”
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, however, claimed that music at the Sunburn festival was stopped within the permissible time-period.
“The music was stopped exactly at 9.55 pm, so there was no violation from the organizers of the event,” said Lobo, who said he was at the Sunburn music event. [H]