“The Bombay High Court has passed so many orders in the past to curb noise during festivities, but none of them are being strictly implemented by the state,” said Justice V M Kanade while hearing an application filed by Shivaji Park Gymkhana to seek permission to conduct events on December 25 and December 31 in a portion of Shivaji Park ground.
Justice Kanade pointed out that there was noise competition among temples and dargahs, which was causing nuisance to citizens. “The state government is only interested in elections. We pass orders which doesn’t get implemented. This has to stop,” said Justice Kanade.
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The gymkhana has sought permission to host events for its members and families between 6 pm and 10 pm on the aforesaid dates but the advocate representing WeCom Trust, an NGO, pointed out that the ground had been declared a silent zone and that it would inconvenience residents. Ravi Gadagkar, representing the gymkhana, told the court, “The gymkhana will not be playing music and will only use loudspeakers to make announcements. Besides, the sound will be under permissible limits and the event will not go beyond 11 pm. Therefore, there is no question of violating any norms.” The hearing will continue on Friday.