CM Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has directed the district authorities to initiate action against illegal installation of loudspeakers at temples, mosques and other public places after expiry of the deadline to remove them.
Acting on the Allahabad High Court order, the state government had on January 7 issued a 10-page-order directing a survey of permanently installed loudspeakers and issuance of show cause notice to those using them without requisite permission.
The order said if the permission to install loudspeakers at religious or public places was not sought before January 15, the government would start removing these from January 20. After that, action will be initiated under the noise pollution control laws.
“The deadline to remove the amplifiers has expired,” Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said. Asked as to what action would be taken against those who neither apply for permission nor comply with terms and conditions of permission, Kumar said, “Action will be initiated at the district level.”
The government has already issued a format for applying for permission.
The high court had last month asked the state government whether the loudspeakers or public address systems at mosques, temples, churches and gurdwaras, among other places, were installed after obtaining a written permission from the authorities concerned. The court order implied that sound should not go beyond the periphery of the public or private place.
The order said that the district magistrates were required to categorise areas into industrial, commercial, residential and silence zones.
Each area has separate maximum limits for permissible sound levels.
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.