In a relaxation of rules for the ongoing Ganpati celebrations, the state government on Saturday decided to allow use of loudspeakers and public address systems on September 11 till midnight, in addition to the four days it had already declared earlier this month.
While four days were unanimously decided by the state government, the fifth day was earlier declared by the local authorities or collectors. However, this was quashed by the Supreme Court, forcing the state government to issue a GR ahead of the Ganesh festival.
Use of loudspeakers are guided by the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000.
While the government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on September 5 allowing use of loud speakers for four days (September 6, 9, 10 and September 15), it declared on Saturday the fifth day (September 11) in “keeping with the mood and sentiments of the people.”
“All Ganesh mandals were requesting for an extra day. After the request put forth by the collector, the state government finally issued the GR which is applicable across the state,” said resident deputy collector Rajendra Muthe.
“This is a welcome decision as the mandals take a lot of effort and it is the biggest festival in the state. Relaxation of rules will help people get more time to see these decorations,’’said Rohit Tilak, president of Kesari Ganeshutsav mandal.
Last month, while hearing various petitions on noise pollution, the Bombay High Court had referred to the Supreme Court orders that said power of exemption of noise pollution rules could be exercised by the state governments and could not be delegated to anyone.
The court had also slammed the “casual approach” of the state government in curbing noise pollution.