Uttar Pradesh issues directives on use of loudspeakers

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The Government’s officials are instructed to remove loudspeakers from religious and public places.

Lucknow: On Sunday, the Government of Uttar Pradesh, issued a detailed directive on the use of loudspeakers among various religious and public places in the state. All District Collectors and Superintendents of Police have been asked to remove all the loudspeakers, which are installed at holy and public places without any permission. The government has taken this action only after receiving a flak from the Allahabad High Court over noise pollution in Uttar Pradesh.

The officials are required to conduct a survey and then submit a detailed report to the government by 10th of January. They were also directed to ensure that those using loudspeakers without approval should be issued notices to obtain permission by January 15. But, if the owners or organizers fail to achieve the consent, action will be taken against them under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

The Principal Secretary of Administration, Arvind Kumar issued a 10-page order, after the court on December 20 asked the government to explain what action it had taken against unauthorized loudspeakers installed at religious places and on the officials who did not implement the noise pollution rules.

“On the directions of the court regarding ensuring implementation of noise pollution control rules, a government order giving detailed instructions has been issued” Arvind Kumar said.

On explaining the directives he said, “The loudspeaker installed in public places cannot have a sound level more than 10 dB above ambient noise level at the periphery of a public place and 5 dB above ambient noise level at the periphery of a private place. This practically implies that sound should not go beyond the periphery of the public or private place.”

Meanwhile, DM’s are required to categories areas into industrial, commercial, residential and silence zones, where each zone will have separate maximum limits for permissible sound levels. The industrial, commercial and residential zones will have decibel limit of 75(70 at night), 65(55 at night) and 55(45 at night) respectively. The silence zones will have decibel limit of 50(40 at night).

“The G.O. requires the survey of permanently installed loudspeakers, issuance of show cause notice to those without requisite permission, the format for applying for permission, format for the issuance of permission and action against those who neither apply for permission nor comply with terms and conditions of permission,” the Ministry said.

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