Mathura, 2018.01.08 (TOI) Following an order from Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, the UP government on Sunday issued a circular to all district administrations and the police department of the state to remove all unauthorised public address systems installed at religious places. The same would be applicable to loudspeakers used at public places, marriage processions and protest parades of similar kind.
According to the order copy, the local administration of 75 districts will identify religious structures/places, public areas in their respective districts where unauthorised loudspeakers are being used, and serve notice to owner/manager/trustee of such places. If they fail to obtain permission for the usage of loudspeakers under the permissible limit then police and local administration have to ensure that loudspeakers are removed by January 20, 2018.
The order further reads that action will be taken against officials if they fail to act against such persons who continue to flout the noise pollution norms.
Arvind Kumar, principal secretary, home, said, “The loudspeakers installed at public places cannot have sound level more than 10 dB (decibel) above the periphery of a public place and 5 dB above at the periphery of private place. This practically implies that sound should not go beyond the periphery of the public or private places.”
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