Loudspeaker row: Karnataka sets guidelines, Hindu bodies urge immediate implementation

Bengaluru, May 10 (IANS): Following the loudspeaker row in the state, the BJP government in Karnataka has swung into action. Minister for Tourism Anand Singh stated on Tuesday that action will be initiated against the temple, mosque and church authorities if they fail to follow the guidelines regarding the use of loudspeakers.

There are restrictions on the use of loudspeakers, if local people lodge a complaint action would be initiated. The law which is in place all over the country would be implemented here as well, Anand Singh said.

Anand Singh maintained that the guidelines would be implemented in 7 to 10 days. In case of violations, action will be initiated against the authorities of the religious places, he said.

The decibel limits are being fixed for industrial areas (75 decibels in the morning and 70 decibels in the evening). In commercial areas, it is fixed at 55 decibels and 65 decibels in the morning and night. For residential areas, it is fixed at 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night. In silent zones, it is 50 decibels in the morning and 40 decibels at night, Singh said.

Meanwhile, the note signed by Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar and released to the media stated that the guidelines in this connection must be implemented with immediate effect as per the instructions of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

The meeting on this issue was attended by the Additional Chief Secretary Home department, DG and IGP Praveen Sood, Commissioner of Police Bengaluru, Additional Advocate General, Principle Secretary Law Department, Secretary Pollution Control Board and Secretary Minority Welfare Department.

The provisions of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 and the subsequent order by the Karnataka government dated August 13, 2022, were discussed for implementation.

Bommai has directed that the rules and the Karnataka government order should be strictly implemented.

The guidelines stipulate that all users of loudspeakers or public address systems should obtain written permission from the designated authority within 15 days. Those who don't obtain the permission should voluntarily remove or should be removed by the designated authority.

However, Pramod Muthalik, founder of the Shri Ram Sena, stated that the agitation would continue until the guidelines are implemented.








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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Are they waiting for orders from the President ...

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Wed, May 11 2022

    May be this tussle would never seize to exist???!!!... Fundamental contradictions in practices in communities will keep the fire burning... Any amount of sane advices will fall on deaf ears... This must be some kind of a major curse on humanity by the Highest....

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Started arresting aazan noise, ended up stopping our own. Khud ke per pe kuladi? Anyways, it is wonderful that noise will stop. One more request, early morning buses, they play religious songs loudly disturbing passengers, I suppose that too will stop.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Dear Muslims I came to know now the Masjid are full even without the Azan in the Mike o Muslim Unite Unite. Take it as a blessing and need to thank cheddi for uniting Muslim umma under one umbrella until you trust and worship there is one God and no other God you will be successful here and here after. People plan and God plan God is the best planner.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    reduction in speaker's volume is most imminent so dat non- Muslims sleep should not b disturbed.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 10 2022

    Majority of the people are unfamilar to decibels range which will create a bit confusion in the long run over on what basis the complaints would be entertained on violation wheather it is trustworthy or not.

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Shift your house.Entire dk, udupi, kasargod, kodagu, chikmagalur has only one airport that is Mangalore airport serving 4 to 5 districts.

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  • CA Ned Dcunha, Mangalore/Chikmagalur

    Tue, May 10 2022

    Good. Be it a Masjid, Temple or Church noise pollution should reduced.

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