Karnataka government bans loudspeaker use between 10 pm to 6 am


Amidst the debate over loudspeakers, the Karnataka government has banned the use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am. The Karnataka government has said that loudspeakers or public address systems will not be used unless written permission is obtained from the designated authorities.

“Loudspeaker or public address system shall not be used for communication at night (between 10 pm to 6.00 am) except in closed premises such as auditoria, conference rooms, community halls and banquet halls,” the circular said.

The circular referred to a Supreme Court order which held that the noise level at the boundary of a public place, where loudspeakers or public address system or any other noise source is being used, is above the ambient noise standards. 

“Should not exceed 10 dB(A). for area or 75 dB(A) whichever is less. The State Government hereby reiterates that the order of the Government under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 is to be strictly complied with and enforced for regulation of noise pollution from loudspeakers/public address systems and noise generating devices,” the circular read.

The controversy over loudspeakers started when on April 12, MNS chief Raj Thackeray gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3. He warned that if this was not done then MNS workers would play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers during the prayers.


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