The Allahabad High Court will hear a plea seeking to prohibit public address systems from being used for announcements at temples, mosques, churches, and gurdwaras in Uttar Pradesh.
It claims that the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests drafted the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 to monitor and maintain noise levels in public areas caused by a variety of causes, including industrial production, construction work, sound systems, loud speakers, motor vehicles horns, as well as other electronic equipment that have negative impacts.
Amidst such regulations to avoid nuisance, inconvenience, suffering, or damage to the public, the PIL claims that flagrant usage of public sound systems is occurring across the state in temples, mosques, churches, and gurdwaras.
The petitioner claims that the state of Uttar Pradesh has failed to comply with the High Court’s ruling, claiming that a continuous use of a public address system is persisting underneath the respondents’ noses, and also that the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has failed to implement excessive noise countermeasures as required by Rule 4.
“Now, in order to safeguard law and order, morality, and wellness, the High Court’s order must be strictly followed. As a result, the current appeal has been brought to compel the respondent agencies to prohibit the use of public address systems for religious pronouncements at temples, mosques, churches, and other places of worship,” according to the petition.