Karnataka Bans Loudspeakers From 10 PM To 6 AM

The government said that a loudspeaker or any public address system shall not be used with the exception of having obtained a written permission from the concerned authorities.
Karnataka Bans Loudspeakers From 10 PM To 6 AM
The Karnatakata government banned the use of loudspeakers during the night | REPRESENTATIVE

The state government of Karnataka decided on Tuesday to ban the use of loudspeakers between 10 pm to 6 am as a debate over the use of loudspeakers rages on.

The government said that a loudspeaker or any public address system shall not be used with the exception of having obtained a written permission from the concerned authorities, reported ANI.

A circular from the government read, “A loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used at night (between 10.00 pm to 6.00 am) except in closed premises for communication within e.g., auditoria, conference rooms, community halls and banquet halls.”

It cited the order from the Supreme Court of India which said that the noise level at the boundary of the public place, where a loudspeaker or public address system or any other noise source is being used shall not exceed 10 dB(A) above the ambient noise standards for the area or 75 dB(A), whichever is lower.

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“The State Government hereby reiterates that the Government order...under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 are to be strictly followed and enforced for Regulation of Noise Pollution from loudspeakers/public address system and sound-producing instruments,” the circular added.

It may be noted that the row over loudspeakers sparked off when the chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Raj Thackeray gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government on April 12 to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3.

He further warned that if that did not happen, MNS workers would play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers.

A case was filed against Thackeray on Tuesday after he appealed to the people to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers in areas where loudspeakers were used for ‘Azaan’.

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