Loudspeaker Row Reaches Jammu, BJP Councillor Moves Resolution

SRINAGAR: Amid controversy over loudspeakers on religious institutions across the country, a councillor of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (MC) has moved a resolution against the noise pollution caused by loudspeakers.

Narotam Sharma, Councillor, Ward No. 3, has moved a resolution in the MC House. “It is a lawful and moral duty of the House to prevent all kinds of pollution, including noise pollution. Scientific research has proved that noise pollution is responsible for several kinds of health problems, including stress, sleep disorder and high blood pressure,” newspaper The Tribune quoted Sharma as having said.

To prevent noise pollution, all illegal loudspeakers and public address systems from all religious places in Jammu need to be removed, he said. “The district magistrate of Jammu should be asked to ensure that no loudspeaker is used between 10 pm and 6 am at least within the MC limits,” the draft resolution states.

Sharma said sufficient time should be given to all the organisations to follow if it becomes a rule. “Even the traffic police should ensure that there is no honking in the areas designated as no-horn zones,” he added.

Quoting Jammu Municipal Corporation Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta news agency ANI reported that, “Narottam Sharma, Councillor from Ward Number 3, (Mast Garh of Jammu) old city area has moved a resolution seeking the removal of illegal loudspeakers.”

“We will hold discussions on it and will take a decision according to law,” said Chander Mohan Gupta.

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