Over 6,000 speakers removed from religious sites in UP; 30,000 volume reduced

Following a government order to control the use of loudspeakers in religious places in Uttar Pradesh, authorities removed more than 6,000 and another 30,000 were set to volume limits.

“As part of this exercise, a total of 6,031 loudspeakers were removed and 29,674 loudspeakers were volume adjusted within limits until Wednesday afternoonsaid the additional director general of police (law and order), Prashant Kumar.

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The action came after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, during a law and order review meeting with senior officials here last week, said people had the freedom to carry out their religious practices according to their faith.

“Although microphones can be used, care should be taken to ensure that the sound does not come out of any premises. People should have no problem,” he said.

The Interior Department also requested a compliance report from districts on the removal of loudspeakers in religious venues by April 30.

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Maximum speakers removed in Varanasi

According to information provided by the police department on Wednesday, a maximum of 1,366 loudspeakers were removed in Varanasi zone districts, followed by Meerut (1,215), Bareilly (1,070) and Kanpur (1,056). .

In terms of speaker volume minimization, the Lucknow area tops the list with action against 6,400 speakers, followed by Bareilly (6,257) and Meerut (5,976).

Kumar said the loudspeakers are removed from all places of worship without any discrimination.

The exercise was conducted by a joint team made up of officials from the Lucknow Municipal Corporation.

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“The exercise to remove the loudspeakers started on Tuesday and is currently underway. We are conducting the exercise in tandem with members of peace committees and religious leaders from different religions. So far, we have not encountered no opposition while driving,” the MP said. said Police Commissioner (West) Somen Barma.

Informed all religious sites

Previously, the UP Hospitality Department advised temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches and wedding halls to follow the guidelines for using the loudspeakers.

The Interior Department has asked police stations to compile a list of all such locations and send their reports to the Interior Department by April 30.

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“As per court and government order, information is given to everyone regarding noise pollution. This information is given to all temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches and wedding halls. People are following the guidelines” , Yogesh Kumar, ACP Kaiserbagh, says Lucknow.

UP’s crackdown on loudspeakers

The June 2005 Supreme Court order banned the use of loudspeakers and music systems in public between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (except in a public emergency), citing the severe effects of noise pollution on the health of residents who live in these areas.

Citing this, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered officials to ensure that public address systems are not installed at religious sites without prior permission and in places permitted to use loudspeakers. , it should be ensured that the sound does not exceed the premises where they are installed.

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