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Uttarakhand High Court virtually bans loudspeakers, sets 5 decibel limit

Courtesy Uttarakhand high court, the blaring loudspeakers will soon fall silent in Uttarakhand. In a order issued on Tuesday, the court directed government to make sure the use of loudspeakers, even during the day will only be possible after the user gives an undertaking that the noise level will not exceed five decibels. Since five decibel is the sound of a pin dropping on the floor, the loudspeakers will be virtually silent.

The court also directed the government to ensure no loudspeaker or public address system be used by any person or organization without prior written permission of relevant authorities. Even the temples, mosques and gurudwara have to adhere to the guidelines issued by the court.

The loudspeakers keep on blaring even beyond 12 midnight. The loudspeaker cannot be permitted to be used without the written permission from the authority even by the temples, mosques and Gurudwaras.

– Uttarakhand High court order

The direction was issued by a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lok Pal Singh while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) against a toy factory in Haridwar district. The court also slapped fine on a industrial unit in Haridwar for damages to the inhabitants of the area for causing large scale air pollution and water pollution.

Inputs from Hindustan Times, original report by Neeraj Santoshi