The row over the use of loudspeakers in religious places has been going on for a long time. The issue has taken on a political colour. Therefore, several state governments, including Uttar Pradesh, have taken steps to overcome this issue.
The Uttar Pradesh government wants to remove the illegal use of loudspeakers from religious places. The state Home Department has said that illegal loudspeakers will be removed from religious places across the state. It also says that loudspeakers flouting the noise limit standards will be removed.
All the police stations have been asked to prepare a list of such places and submit their reports to the Home department by April 30. The divisional commissioners will have the duty to send the reports.
Illegal loudspeakers will be removed from religious places after discussions with religious leaders.
Use loudspeakers with permission: UP CM
The order comes five days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that loudspeakers can be used at religious places with permission, but the sound must not come out of the premises. He further said that no new permits will be issued for loudspeakers.
Earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Prayagraj, instructed the district magistrate to ban the use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am as per the Supreme Court’s orders.
The Supreme Court in July 2005 banned the use of loudspeakers and other music systems between 10 pm to 6 am (except in the case of emergencies) at public places due to the effect of noise pollution that had an adverse effect on people’s health.