As the dispute over loudspeakers continues, the Karnataka government banned their usage between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
Karnataka government has said that loudspeakers or public address systems should only be used with formal authorization from the appropriate authorities.
The circular stated, “A loudspeaker or public address system shall not be used at night (between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.) except in closed premises for communication within, e.g., auditoria, conference rooms, community halls, and banquet halls.”
The circular cited a Supreme Court judgment that said that noise levels at the public place’s perimeter when a loudspeaker, public address system, or any other noise source is employed must not exceed 10 dB(A) above the ambient noise requirements for the area or 75 dB(A), whichever is lower.
“The State Government hereby reiterates that the Government order…under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 for Regulation of Noise Pollution from loudspeakers/public address systems and sound-producing devices is to be rigorously observed and enforced,” it stated.
On April 12, the MNS chief gave the Maharashtra government an ultimatum to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3, failing which, he warned, MNS workers will play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers.
On Tuesday, Raj Thackeray was charged with inciting people to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers in places where loudspeakers are used for ‘Azaan.’