Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Waqaf Board has issued a letter to all mosques and dargahs in the state, banning the use of loudspeakers between 10 am and 6 pm. It states that it has a psychologically harmful effect on human health.
In the March 9 circular, the board said, "Loudspeakers will not be used at night, which means from 10 am to 6 am."
Along with this, it has also said that those violating the silence zone will be liable for punishment.
Areas within 100 meters around hospitals, educational institutions and courts are declared silence zones. The circular states that anyone who uses amplifiers or firecrackers is liable to penalty under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act-1986 in the Silence Zone.
These decisions were taken at the 327th meeting of the Board held on 19 December 2020, in which to create awareness among the Masjid and the management of the dargahs, about the strict observance of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 in Karnataka. Was resolved
"It has been observed that the increase in ambient noise levels around many mosques and dargahs due to generator sets and loudspeakers has a detrimental effect on human health," the order noted.
The letter states that loudspeakers should only be used for "azaan" and other important announcements, while the salat of the congregation with speakers planted in the premises of the mosque and dargah, juma khutaba, bayan, religious socio-cultural and knowledge -Based work will be done.
Noise-governance mechanisms can be established in institutions in consultation with local environmental authorities.
The head Imam of Jamia Masjid, Bengaluru, Maqsood Imran said that he too has received the letter. He has spoken to the CEO of the board about revising the letter since morning. He shared a letter written by Waqf board member and MLA Tanveer Sait to the CEO of the board.