950 mosques and 24 temples approved for loudspeakers: Mumbai Police

All religious places worked together to ensure adherence to noise pollution rules

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According to a report by a news agency, widely reproduced by several other publications, only one percent of Mumbai temples applied for permission to use loudspeakers, all of which were granted. This data has been attributed to the Mumbai Police who also said that 83 percent of the city’s mosques applied for and got the permission as well.

As per the information shared by the city police, only 24 out of 2,400-odd temples applied for police approval of loudspeakers. Meanwhile, 950 out of the 1,140 mosques applied and got permissions. Information on other structures like churches, gurdwaras, Buddha viharas and synagogues is still being collected. The information was shared during a meeting held between police personnel, local leaders and religious heads of the city, including Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil and others.

All religious places were asked to take these measures to ensure peace during Eid. Earlier, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray demanded that all mosques in Maharashtra remove their loudspeakers if they did not want Hanuman Chalisa chanted on their doorstep.

However, citizens instead worked together and ensured all places of worship followed the necessary guidelines to use loudspeakers within the prescribed decibel limits between 6 A.M and 10 P.M.

“Law is equal for all and we have asked religious places to obtain permission to play loudspeakers,” the official said.

Accordingly, the permission to use loudspeakers will be given conditionally to shrines for one month and the approval will be renewed periodically. Khardanda Temple Trustee and attendee at the meeting Chintamani Nevate said politicians should not play with the religious sentiments of people.

Meanwhile, a secretary of a Dadar Jain temple complained about the decibel limit at religious places (50 decibels). He argued that mixers and grinders create louder noises.


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