Uttar Pradesh govt restricts use of loudspeakers at religious, public places

The government has also directed action against the concerned authorities (government officials) who fail to ensure compliance.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: January 8, 2018 6:44 am
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The Uttar Pradesh government has banned the unauthorised use of loudspeakers and public address systems at religious and public places across the state. Setting January 15 as the deadline for obtaining permission, the government has warned that all such loudspeakers will be removed by January 20.

The move comes after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, on December 20, asked the state government whether written permission was obtained from the concerned authorities before loudspeakers or public address systems were installed at religious places like mosques, temples, churches and gurdwaras.

In a 10-page order dated January 4, addressed to all district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and superintendents of police, State Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar has asked them to form teams, comprising revenue and police officials in their respective districts, to identify religious and public places where unauthorised loudspeakers and public address systems are being used.

“The direction also requires managers of religious and public places to obtain permission for putting up loudspeakers or any public address system before January 15. If they fail to do so, they will face action under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000,” said UP’s Secretary (Home) Bhagwan Swaroop.

The government has also directed action against the concerned authorities (government officials) who fail to ensure compliance.

Swaroop said each district will be categorised into industrial, commercial, residential and silence zones. Each area has separate maximum limits for permissible sound levels.

The loudspeakers installed in public places cannot have sound level more than 10 decibels above ambient noise level at the periphery of a public place and 5 decibels above ambient noise level at the periphery of a private place, according to officials.

All district officials have also been asked to ensure that the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 are followed during all processions and marriage functions. The district magistrates have been told to give information on the action taken in case the rules are flouted.

“We have directed all district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and superintendents of police to file the report by January 22,” said Swaroop.

On December 20, while hearing a PIL filed by advocate Moti Lal Yadav, a divisional bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Abdul Moin asked whether written permission had been obtained for all loudspeakers installed at religious structures and other public places. The court also asked what action had been taken for removal of loudspeakers if permission had not been obtained, and how many loudspeakers and public address systems had been dismantled and removed from religious structures and other buildings.

The court had directed the Principal Secretary (Home) and Chairman, State Pollution Control Board, to file separate personal affidavits within six weeks explaining the steps taken to enforce the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. The court said if the affidavits were not filed within this time, both officials would have to appear in person before the court.

The court had also asked what action had been taken against officials who had failed to ensure compliance. The next date of hearing is February 1.

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  1. NASEEM MOHAMMAD
    Jan 8, 2018 at 6:25 pm
    Its our need
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    1. MATHEWS GEORGE
      Jan 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm
      Kudos to Yogiji. All other States too shall implement the law. India is now a noisy place. Sound pollution must be controlled, whether that emanates from churches or mosques or temples or processions or cars or buses. These are minimum decencies we should have in a cultured society
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      1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
        Jan 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm
        VETI-c-u-n-t's shouting and yelling when confessing after all the sins during the week from Monday to Sa ay and crying to the top of their voice and commits sins again during the week Monday to Sa ay and same shouting and yelling on top of their voice next Sunday and carries on,----should also be banned in the first instance,---first they commit sins during the week than they confess and ask forgiveness on Sunday's,--shree yogiji is doing a wonderfull job,---my respects to you sir,- shree yogiji,----Jai hind.
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        1. vijay sud
          Jan 8, 2018 at 11:02 am
          All state Governments must implement this Law. And very strictly. India has been turned into a very noisy nation by all the loud niise emnating from Religious places, Restaurents of all descriptions, DJ's every where and every night. People have scarcely any peace of mind. Must thank UP CM Yogi Ji for trying to restore some peace.
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          1. qasim hussain
            Jan 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm
            Its not yogi who is going to dismantle the loudspeakers. Its court and judiciary who has directed the state govt to limit the use of loudspeakers .
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            1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
              Jan 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm
              Thanks to you QASIM,---seems you the MUZZIE who have used some bit of commonsense,---otherwise rest MUZZIES will secularise the issue because shree yogiji is devout and a hardcore Hindu like me,----Jai hind.
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              1. suresh VRG
                Jan 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm
                Exactly !!!! So you and the other sickularists don't start your hysterical ranting and raving about how communal Yogi Government has become and that how they are showing openly their anti-minority character. This is on the HC 's orders that the Yogi Govt is carrying out
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