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Administration calls for complete ban on loudspeakers between 10 pm to 6 am

Jamshedpur, March 4: SDO Dhalbhum Suraj Kumar has issued order to ensure complete ban on use of loudspeakers in city from Wednesday at night (between 10 am to 6 am).

Four loudspeakers and one amplifier were confiscated from a marriage ceremony at Gandak Road (behind Vivekananda High School) and were sent to Sakchi police station. While in another raid, a vehicle loaded with loudspeakers and amplifier playing music on a high volume were seized early in the morning near Circuit House and sent to Bistupur police station.

According to information, a copy of the order has also been sent to the East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T. Mathew for strict implementation of the Supreme Court order of 2005. The directive has been issued following complaint of regular use of loudspeakers at night at public places.

Apex court had in July 2005 banned use of loudspeakers and music systems between 10 pm to 6 am (except in public emergencies) at public places in view of the noise pollutions having serious effect on health of residents.

“We have been asked to strictly implement the ban. Any use of loudspeakers or music systems would need to have permission from the Dhalbhum SDO at public places. As per Municipal Act and Supreme Court order we will not allow music being played from 10 pm to 6 am,” said an official.

The administration has directed the police to ensure that noise pollution levels come down in the city. ” Apart from a cause of concern for senior citizens most examinations are scheduled to begin from this month itself. It is noticed that people organise religious and cultural events during this season and use loud speakers and amplifiers till late hours, making it difficult for the students to concentrate. That will not be allowed,” said a senior official.

The Supreme Court guidelines have also been quoted in the order which states: “the noise level at the boundary of the public place where loudspeaker or public address system or any other noise source is being used, shall not exceed 10 dB (A) above the ambient noise standards for the area or 75 dB (A) whichever is lower between 10pm to 6am.

The peripheral noise level of privately owned sound system shall not exceed by more than 5 dB (A) than the ambient air quality standard specified for the area in which it is used, at the boundary of the private place.” The official said strict action will be taken against those who violate these guidelines.

Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar said that the citizens can also lodge a complaint at either local police station and we will seize the loudspeakers after a raid at the particular place immediately. Apart from seizure there will be a fine of Rs 2000 on the individual or organisation for playing the loudspeakers at night.

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