As part of a drive to remove loudspeakers from religious places across Uttar Pradesh, the police informed on Thursday that nearly 1.30 lakh such devices have been dismantled and installed in schools and academic institutions.
A government spokesman said in Lucknow on Thursday that the state had set an example before the country in taming loudspeakers. “As many as 72,509 loudspeakers were removed from various places of worship during the statewide drive in Uttar Pradesh and volume of 56,558 loudspeakers was reduced to permissible levels,” he said.
“Loudspeakers that were removed were later handed over to schools. More than 13,145 loudspeakers were donated for morning assembly of schools, while as many as 1,583 speakers were handed over for public address systems in the area,” the spokesman said.
On April 23, the Home department had issued orders to remove loudspeakers from religious places. The chief minister’s directives were based on an order of the Allahabad High Court and the authorities followed it in letter and spirit.
The entire process was conducted peacefully and amicably by maintaining dialogues with spiritual leaders of various communities.
During the drive, spiritual leaders were made aware of noise pollution through loudspeakers. Giving out a good message to society, religious leaders extended their cooperation in removing the loudspeakers.