NASHIK: Loudspeakers are allowed to be played in the district from 6.00 am to 12:00 p.m., keeping the noise limit for ten major festivals in the district from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, informed District Collector Suraj Mandhare yesterday.
According to the revised Noise Pollution Regulation and Control Rules of the Central Forest Environment Ministry, maximum number of days per year as per district requirement in places other than confined spaces like auditoriums, halls, community halls and banquet halls for use of loudspeakers and loudspeakers have been allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
According to this, keeping the prescribed limit of sound at the district level for the year 2022, it will be possible to play the loudspeakers for ten days during the festival till 12:00 p.m., said District Collector Mandhare.
The loudspeaker has bern allowed to mark the festivals including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj birth anniversary festival (official), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar birth anniversary, Ganesh festival, one day each to see Ganpati decoration, for Ganesh Immersion Day procession, Navratri, Dussehra, Eid-e-Milad, Lakshmi Pujan (Diwali), Christmas and to welcome New Year.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) amended the existing noise rules as Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Amendment Rules, 2017, which included that the silence zones would be notified by the state government, and the existing zones identified by municipal corporations. The other amendment allowed the state or district authority to specify in advance, the days on which noise exemptions should be operative.