UP Removes 11,000 Loudspeakers From Religious Places

On April 21, CM Yogi Aditynath directed the local authorities to remove loudspeakers from religious places. Furthermore, he stated that religious prayers should be restricted to the premises. The directive also stated that the installation of new loudspeakers would be prohibited.

Almost 11,000 loudspeakers had been removed as of Wednesday evening. Furthermore, with 11,000 loudspeakers removed, an additional 35,221 loudspeakers reduced their volumes to meet safety parameters, according to the data released.

The issue of loudspeakers in religious places arose when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackery issued an ultimatum to all Maharashtra mosques to remove their loudspeakers by May 3. Furthermore, he stated that he would play Hanuman Chalisa from the nearby temples.

MNS Leader Raj Thackeray Image Source The Indian
MNS leader Raj Thackeray
Image Source: The Indian Express

The home department removed loudspeakers from eight major zones in Uttar Pradesh, including Agra, Meerut, Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, and Gorakhpur. Additionally, a maximum of 2,395 loudspeakers lowered the volume of 7,397 loudspeakers from the religious places in Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Varanasi zones.

Meanwhile, the state home department removed speakers from four Commissionerate- Lucknow, Kanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Varanasi.

The police had been asked to remove the loudspeakers because they were violating noise limits at religious facilities across the state.

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References: NDTV

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