2nd Nov 2017 10:11:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

The use of loudspeakers on religious or festive occasions has become a nuisance as the common public are forced to endure high decibels especially during late night.

 In 2005, the Supreme Court banned use of loudspeakers after 10pm. However, there is hardly anyone to check the noise level of these speakers.

Case in point, the IG Park in the heart of the state capital is the venue for big events and each time the organisers seem to flout the 10pm deadline well into midnight or beyond. And each time authorities do nothing about it.

While celebrations are integral part of society, it must not be at the cost of others comfort. Everyone is entitled to their freedom and when celebrations or religiousness are forced upon citizens through loudspeakers there is little to feel happy about.

One can but empathise with the residents of the park vicinity who are subjected to such agony on regular basis. School students, job aspirants and patients are the worst sufferers.

While the DA’s crackdown on gambling particularly during events at IG Park is commendable, however it must also not overlook noise pollution through use of loudspeakers beyond the permissible time limit.

 

According to the World Health Organisation, incidence of hearing impairment among children is increasing and noise pollution has been attributed as one factor. High decibels also leads to lack of concentration, inefficiency and must be strictly avoided around silence zones such as hospitals and educational institutions.

Earlier this year, Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam stirred up a hornet's nest by speaking against use of loudspeakers for religious purposes. As anticipated, he was slammed by many as his comment was seen directed towards a particular religious community. However, he did raise a valid point because noise pollution due to loudspeakers generally is an irritant which many hapless citizens are forced to endure.

 Admin must ban loudspeakers

The use of loudspeakers on religious or festive occasions has become a nuisance as the common public are forced to endure high decibels especially during late night.

 In 2005, the Supreme Court banned use of loudspeakers after 10pm. However, there is hardly anyone to check the noise level of these speakers.

Case in point, the IG Park in the heart of the state capital is the venue for big events and each time the organisers seem to flout the 10pm deadline well into midnight or beyond. And each time authorities do nothing about it.

While celebrations are integral part of society, it must not be at the cost of others comfort. Everyone is entitled to their freedom and when celebrations or religiousness are forced upon citizens through loudspeakers there is little to feel happy about.

One can but empathise with the residents of the park vicinity who are subjected to such agony on regular basis. School students, job aspirants and patients are the worst sufferers.

While the DA’s crackdown on gambling particularly during events at IG Park is commendable, however it must also not overlook noise pollution through use of loudspeakers beyond the permissible time limit.

According to the World Health Organisation, incidence of hearing impairment among children is increasing and noise pollution has been attributed as one factor. High decibels also leads to lack of concentration, inefficiency and must be strictly avoided around silence zones such as hospitals and educational institutions.

Earlier this year, Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam stirred up a hornet's nest by speaking against use of loudspeakers for religious purposes. As anticipated, he was slammed by many as his comment was seen directed towards a particular religious community. However, he did raise a valid point because noise pollution due to loudspeakers generally is an irritant which many hapless citizens are forced to endure.


Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television as RJ & anchor.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in
Phone: 0360-2212313

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