BENGALURU: Today, The Bengaluru City Police Commissioner asked people and establishments who require licenses to use loudspeakers to submit an application to the jurisdictional Assistant Commissioner of Police before 25th May.
According to the sources, the jurisdictional ACPs have been appointed as the licensing authority and enforcement officer for the use of loudspeakers. A loudspeaker or a public address system can be used only after obtaining written permission from the authority. After the deadline, the jurisdictional police will launch a drive to check the noise pollution level as per the new orders in the whole city
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the State Minority Commission clarified that the government circular dated May 10, 2022, clearly set down that a loudspeaker or public address system shall not be used at night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except in closed premises for communication within auditorium, conference room, community hall or banquet hall.
Mr. Azeem categorically stated that the morning Azaan shall not be called on loudspeaker or public address system as per the SC direction and government order. However, there are no restrictions for Azaan for Zahar, Asar, Maghrib, and Isha prayers through loudspeakers after following the decibel levels fixed by the government, he added.
Mr. Azeem appealed to locals to follow the SC directions and government orders strictly to avoid any action from the enforcing authorities and avoid giving any room which could disturb communal harmony.
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