June 01, 2018

Plea seeks ban on loudspeakers in mosques: NGT probes responses


On May 28, National Green Tribunal filed a plea probing a ban on the use of loudspeakers in mosques for causing noise pollution supposedly. Moreover, it has sought response from the Centre and others.

A Bench headed by NGT Acting Chairperson Jawad Rahim rendered notices to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The respective authorities have been asked to file their responses on it by June 26, 2018.

An NGO named Akhand Bharat Morcha filed a plea, thereby alleging that loudspeakers utilized by mosques during their call-to-prayers, has left an adverse impact on the health and peace of the residents living around it. Advocate Rahul Raj Malik contended that some mosques were violating the Noise Pollution Rules and the Environment Protection Act. The petition also states how the authorities ignored the numerous complaints by the residents.

It has alleged that these places of worship were located in silent zones housing schools and hospitals and noise from their loudspeakers surpassed the laid down decibel levels.

In 2017, such an incident took place, in which the NGT had ordered the Delhi Govt. and the DPCC to make sure that religious places in East Delhi are in line with the guidelines issued on Noise Pollution and take the required action thereof.

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