Karnataka imposes ban on Loudspeakers, see complete details here- Watch Video

Publish Date: 11 May, 2022 |

Karnataka Loudspeaker Ban: Amid a raging debate over loudspeakers, Karnataka government has strictly banned the use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am for any purpose, as per a latest notification issued by the government said that a loudspeaker or similar device shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from the authorities. 

The state government has ordered all the “sound-producing instruments” to obtain written permission from authorities within 15 days, as part of a broad set of directions to regulate the use of loudspeakers in the state. This news comes in the wake of the Azan versus Hanuman Chalisa controversy.

Official Statement by the Government

"A loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used at night (between 10.00 pm to 6.00 am) except in closed premises for communication within e.g., auditoria, conference rooms, community halls and banquet halls," the circular said.

“Those who do not obtain permission, should voluntarily remove loud speakers/public address system and sound-producing instruments or else the same shall be removed by the designated authority within 15 days from the deadline given,” the circular added.

The notification quoted a 2002 government order and claimed the rules are being implemented as a responsibility of every citizen to reduce noise pollution.

"The State Government hereby reiterates that the Government order...under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 are to be strictly followed and enforced for Regulation of Noise Pollution from loudspeakers/public address system and sound-producing instruments," the circular states.

The official circular also had the Supreme Court’s order which has said that the noise level at the boundary of the public place, where a 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.


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