Times of India | 2 months ago | 28-01-2023 | 07:38 am
AHMEDABAD: A new order by the city police commissioner has said that there should not be any use of mic or music system in public places and roads without prior permission of the police at least seven days before. The city police commissioner has issued a circular following Gujarat high court's notice over a PIL seeking strict implementation of the 2019 notification by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) over noise pollution.Besides, the circular also imposes restrictions on religious places that spread noise. It says, "In temples, churches and mosques, the sound of the mike system/instrument should be limited in such a way that it does not go beyond the premises".The circular, which is in place from January 20 for two months and will be renewed from time to time, requires DJ systems for marriage and social processions to adhere to ambient air quality standards as directed by the Supreme Court and under Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules-2000. tnn The city police commissioner’s circular mentions regulation of the use of microphone systems and instruments at religious places in response to a PIL, however, the state government has remained silent on another PIL, which is being heard together.The second PIL, filed by a doctor from Gandhinagar, complained about blaring loudspeakers at mosques and sought to check them and make Islamic religious places follow sound limits prescribed in various orders passed by the Supreme Court.After filing the PIL, the doctor and his lawyer requested the HC to withdraw from the litigation, but the president of the Gandhinagar district Bajrang Dal unit requested the HC to allow him to join the litigation.