Uttarakhand high court sets 5 decibel limit for loudspeakers!

New Delhi: In an order issued on Tuesday, the court told the state government that the use of loudspeakers, even during the day, will be contingent on the user giving an undertaking that the noise level will not exceed five decibels.

The noise level of a pin falling on the ground is 10 decibels, so is a person breathing. A motorcycle engine running equals to about 95 decibels.

The court directed the state government to ensure that no loudspeaker or public address system is used by any person or organisation, including religious bodies, without the written permission of the relevant authorities.

“The state government is directed to ensure that no loudspeaker or public address system shall be used by any person including religious bodies in temples, mosques and gurudwaras without the written permission of the authority even during day time,” a division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lok Pal Singh said, according to The Indian Express.

The court also slapped a penalty of Rs 5 crore on an industrial unit in Haridwar as “exemplary damages to the inhabitants of the area for causing large scale air pollution and water pollution under the ‘polluter pays’ principle”. The court said the owner of the factory should not run it without obtaining a permanent no-objection certificate from the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board.

The order was issued on June 19 but its copy was made available on Tuesday.

(With agency inputs)

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