While use of loud speakers at temples, mosques and other public places has sparked several debates earlier, Yogi Adityanath government is all set to ban amplifiers in Uttar Pradesh.
Armed with a high court order, the UP government is gearing up to ban loudspeakers at religious and public places without permission and set January 15 as the deadline to remove the same.
According to reports, if the permission to install loudspeakers at religious or public places is not sought before January 15, the government would start removing these from January 20.
Moreover, action will also be taken under noise pollution control laws. The idea is to stop the sound go beyond the periphery of the public or private place.
Apparently, a large number police has been deployed on the streets of Lucknow to investigate the same. They are enquiring whether loudspeakers from temples, mosques and other public places have been removed or not.
The loudspeakers installed in public places cannot have a sound level more than 10 decibels above the ambient noise level at the periphery of a public place and 5 decibels above the ambient noise level at the periphery of a private place, Kumar said.
The Lucknow bench of the high court had on December 20 sought to know as to what action has been taken against such unauthorised installations and also against the officers who failed to ensure mandatory requirement of obtaining written permission in their area.
It directed the principal secretary (home) and the chairman of the UP Pollution Control Board to file their personal affidavits along with the information sought on February 1.
The division bench of justices Vikram Nath and Abdul Moin issued the directions on a PIL moved by lawyer Moti Lal Yadav, seeking strict compliance of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules that had been framed in 2000.
Noting that the right to live in freedom from noise pollution and the right to sleep was a facet of Article 21 of the Constitution, the bench cautioned the officials to appear in person before it, if their personal affidavits were not filed till the next hearing.
"On the directions of the court regarding ensuring implementation of noise pollution control rules, a government order giving detailed instructions has been issued," earlier PTI quoted Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar.
However, the decision has further given birth to a lot of debates and controversies and uncertainty still prevails over the same.