Guwahati declares ‘silent zone’ around all religious places

The notification states that it was issued in “compliance of the direction received from the Government of Assam”.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:April 30, 2017 2:59 am
Ganesh Temple in Guwahati (Representational Image). Source: Wikimedia Commons

THE DISTRICT Magistrate of Kamrup (Metro) district, which includes Guwahati city and its suburbs, has declared a radius of 100 metres from “all prominent religious places” under his jurisdiction — including temples, mosques, gurudwaras and churches — as a “silent zone”. According to a notification issued Friday evening, DM M Angamuthu has also asked the State Pollution Control Board to submit a monthly report on noise pollution in these zones.

The notification states that it was issued in “compliance of the direction received from the Government of Assam”. It states that the decision was taken under Rule 3 (2) of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, of the Environment Protection Act of 1986. The notification, however, does not directly refer to the use of microphones and loudspeakers in places of worship.

When contacted by The Sunday Express, Angamuthu declined to comment on the contents of the notification. “Anyway, the use of loudspeakers is not permitted between 10 pm and 6 am,” he said. Officials from the BJP-led government in Assam were not available for comment. Rule 3 of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, of the Environment Protection Act of 1986, deals with “ambient air quality standards in respect of noise for different areas/zones”.

Rule 3 (2) states that the “State Government may categorise the areas into industrial, commercial, residential or silence areas/zones for the purpose of implementation of noise standards for different areas”. According to the notification, the five areas marked as silent zones in Guwahati include all government and private hospitals; educational institutions; the high court, district and sessions court and the CJM’s court; all government offices; and, “all prominent religious places inclusive of temples, gurudwaras, mosques, churches, monastery, math and naam-ghar, etc”.

The notification states that officials of the Public Works Department have been asked to place proper signages in the notified areas within 15 days. The State Pollution Control Board has been asked to collect, compile and publish technical and statistical data relating to noise pollution as well as measures taken for its effective prevention and control, it says. The issue of loudspeakers being used at places of worship was the subject of a heated debate on social media recently after singer Sonu Nigam wrote that he had been woken by the azaan and questioned the use of loudspeakers at places of worship.

On April 16, Nigam posted on his official Twitter account: “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.” In another tweet, he wrote: “I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity to wake up people who don’t follow the religion. Why then..? Honest? True?”

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    Naresh
    May 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    Good call just to fool the janta how abt npise pollution by motor vehicle horns, y no monitoring on it y very very vert old vehicles run unchecked. Where is the authorities to check the vehicle air pollution certificate the noise decibel department. Religion is the most sensitive issue so everyone uses it. Now the order will just ignite another reason to brawl. While the subject is still un attended.
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      Citizen
      Apr 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm
      GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD Jaihind
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        IslamForFooools
        Apr 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm
        I will agree to this only if mosque loud speakers are removed, but jihadi Muslims will never remove loud speakers as their Allah is deaf and canot hear even after 12 loud speakers on each mosque building , just look at Syria, do you think Allah can hear? Definitely not
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          K V
          Apr 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm
          Yes big yes..it must follow with letter and true spiritual spirit. Sounds evaporates energy and silence rejenovates energy..prayers with in Mandirs,Masjids and Churches etc . Be done as per their rituals with out mikes, sounds etc., "Srirama"
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            Vasudevan Venugopal
            Apr 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm
            A very good decision. Hats off to the District Magistrate Shri M. Angamuthu. Kudos. May his tribe increase.
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              laxman
              Apr 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm
              weather all mandir ghantas will be removed - they are most noise creating
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                Chunchu Madhu Kumar
                Apr 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm
                Hi to everyone.! Myself Madhu Chunchu from Hyderabad.! We are one not individual... Don't say am Hindu, Christian and Muslin. Every religion teach good don't make unnecessary comments on one religion please I request you all.,it depends on individual believe. So, coming to banning of loudspeakers it's good for all. Don't mix with religion please.,if your Hindu, Christian or Muslin if you have any heart patience in your home will you all the loudspeaker to run like that., so who is having problem where we can go and see all the houses in a particular place so please please think as we are in problem. Jai Hind. Be proud of being an Indian. I love my nation😊.
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                  IslamForFooools
                  Apr 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                  People like you will be crushed like roaches by Islamist for which religion you are batting here. Gullible , coward south indina men. You are not true Hindus, you are just cowards and not bale to fight Islamic terrorists
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                Dr. C. R. Jayanth
                Apr 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                I support anybody who says, that religion shouldn't be enforced. What right has anybody got, to disturb another individual in the name of religion ,either psychological,physically or by noise pollution. We need to support any govt which takes a clear stand on "uniform civil code "to be implemented in our country and removes rules and laws which prevents our country men from staying or owning properties in our own India.
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                  IslamForFooools
                  Apr 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm
                  Islam is the only problem nothing else
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                    rockstar007
                    Apr 30, 2017 at 11:57 pm
                    SO YOU WANT A WAR WITH ISLAM..................NEXT TRY IT........ALL 57 MUSLIM COUNTRIES VS YOUR TERRORIST ORGANISATION..........THEN SEE
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                      RAMLAL
                      May 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm
                      Reveal ur true name communist...an agenda for causing religious intolerance...
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                    Ajay
                    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm
                    A very good move. All kinds of noise pollution specially forced noise pollution like ajaan must be stopped in w India. Let's live in silence and peaceful atmosphere.
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                      mathew
                      Apr 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm
                      Very good move. Why can't they impose no horn for all vehicles except in emergency .
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                        laxman
                        Apr 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                        banning is totally uncons uinal only u can retrict to certain decibels then shouting in parliament judge voicing verdict should also be banned
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                          Chandu Shah
                          Apr 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm
                          The same should be done in all the states
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                            Vinay J
                            Apr 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                            So, does the noise matters only close to the places of worship, or does it matter at other places too? How about cars and buses honking on the road or highways during night? Probably we should ban all traffic also. After all noise-pollution from traffic much much worse from the soothing prayers we hear from the places worship of other religions.
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                              laxman
                              Apr 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm
                              azan speakers run for 5-10 min navratri speakers run on filmy songs day night for nine days , - vehicular pressure horns of bikes four wheelers are 100 times more in decibals and ear damaging many cities daily rabid dogs biting 10-20 people but corporate agenda minister meneka hi not allowing killing of dogs but killing humans by dogs is allowed - means these killers are using animals against citizens
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                                Praful Ganatra
                                Apr 30, 2017 at 4:12 pm
                                Mr Laxman's half statement is completed here. Azan speakers 5-10 minutes for 5 times a day at more than 80 db sound intensity. which is annoying and unbearable.
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                              laxman
                              Apr 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                              weather they wll stop all mantra chanting and ghantas is mandirs which are more than loudspeaker
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                                Ali
                                Apr 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                                Why so much hate from christian child molesters the religuon which created Hitler Mussolini and child molester mafia head white supremacist pope?
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                                  laxman
                                  Apr 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                                  your golwalkar guruji went to beg mussolini and u r chaddis were writing letters to hitler in world war for genocide -
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                                    Chandu Shah
                                    Apr 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                                    It is your people spreading hate. Are you blind or deaf? Look at the amount of killings done by muslims to other muslims forget killing of other people especially in Islamic countries
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                                    Venugopal Reddy Kalva
                                    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm
                                    You are true sikular my friend And talk of extreme band width. Ok now we all make a resolve to stop all kinds of loud speakers at all religious places. By the way when have to converted you were born in Hindu religion moved on the communism and than extremism Keep it up good going
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                                      laxman
                                      Apr 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                                      morning athri mantra is very irritating to ears in my area plz stop this -
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                                    Sridhar
                                    Apr 30, 2017 at 11:48 am
                                    Good step. Loud speakers should be banned. People who want to worship can go to places of worship.
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                                      Ashish Biswas
                                      Apr 30, 2017 at 11:43 am
                                      All good things are coming from North East. Finally India not only looking Northeast but doing Northeast also.
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                                        Michelle:Vedic:human
                                        Apr 30, 2017 at 11:37 am
                                        Illiterate mull- yelling in loud speakers ALLAH read in reverse becomes HALLA is what's needs to be put to stop completely,----Jai hind.
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                                          Prasenjit Biswas
                                          Apr 30, 2017 at 11:26 am
                                          Implement the notification strictly without exception. This will bring back sanity that was taken away in the name of ritualized religions. That religion is an expression of inner faith and not outer symbols and distinction with others will probably find some lost space back with this notification, if implemented. Religious bigots will be its biggest challenger, as for them, in a proposed new cons ution of India after dropping the word "Secular" , they are supposed to enjoy absolute right to blare microphones with religious chants and so they may, for now,think of challenging it in a court of law (just speculating) citing violation/infringement on religious freedom. But then this will also give such rights to other non-Hindus in the currently existing secular state of India. So the notification may rake up hornet's nest the process, it may get subverted after a while. But if it succeeds, it will be a great day for India's democracy.
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                                            Sheik Mohamed
                                            Apr 30, 2017 at 11:08 am
                                            Why other states in India, follow this practice, so that devotees in places worship should not be disturbed otherwise?
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                                              Sheik Mohamed
                                              Apr 30, 2017 at 11:07 am
                                              Why other states in India, follow this practice, so that devotees in places worship should not be disturbed otherwise?
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                                                David
                                                Apr 30, 2017 at 11:02 am
                                                Very good move. Follow your religion but don't be a nuisance to others. Respect your neighbors and neighborhood.
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                                                  Observer
                                                  Apr 30, 2017 at 10:49 am
                                                  Laudable long overdue step, emulable asap at all cities, towns etc in the country. The operative radius needs to be increased to 200 metres.
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