Monday, July 18, 2005

SC restricts use of loudspeakers at night

In a welcome order amidst the noisy disorder in society, the Supreme Court today issued a series of guidelines, including restrictions on the use of loudspeakers in public places at night to bring down the decibel levels giving respite to the citizens.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice R C Lahoti and Justice Ashok Bhan pronounced the judgment banning the use of loudspeakers between 2200 hours and 0600 hours in public places.
This order comes after a long pending petition pertaining to the noise pollution caused by the loudspeakers, generators and vehicles. The petition had sought implementation of laws restricting use of loudspeakers and high-volume sound systems.
The court also issued several guidelines to the police on the mode and manner for implementing the laws relating to restriction of the noise pollution as well as the earlier Supreme Court directives.
It also directed the police to restrict the use of pressure horns by vehicles near the hospitals, schools and other educational institutions.
The court also reiterated its earlier directive putting a ban on bursting crackers late at night during Diwali and other festivals which caused a lot of hardship to patients, elderly people and children.

-as reported in The Hindu

Now the question remains 'who is going to enforce this rule ?'

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