Prayagraj: Taking a serious note of Allahabad University vice -chancellor recently filing a complaint with the district administration against ‘azaan on mic’ from a local mosque disrupting her sleep, IG (Prayagraj range) K P Singh has written to DMs and SSPs of all four districts — Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Pratapgarh — of the range asking them to follow the directives of Allahabad High Court and Apex Court on the issue strictly.
He also asked the officials to take the cases of violation of noise pollution rules seriously and act accordingly.
“I have asked DMs and SSPs of all four districts that there should be a ban on public address system/loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am as per noise pollution rules,” he told TOI on Thursday.
He added, “If any individual wants to enjoy music during marriage ceremonies, parties, etc., he or she should take permission from authorities concerned. Permission to play music in certain volume/ decibel would be given in only closed rooms/buildings.”
He said that I have asked officials concerned to ensure that there should not be any violation of rules. The officials of police, administration and pollution board should also ensure that no one is allowed to disturb the peace of others between 10 pm and 6 am.
The issue came up after Allahabad University VC Prof Sangita Srivastava recently complained to Prayagraj district magistrate Bhanu Chandra Goswami about high-decibel ‘azaan on mic’ at a mosque in Civil Lines near her residence disturbing her sleep and affecting her health. The VC also referred to the judgement passed by the Allahabad High Court in PIL No. 570 of 2020 (Afzal Ansari and 2 others Versus state of UP and 2 others) and demanded action.
After this, a joint team of police and administration had approached the mosque management committee on Wednesday and the latter changed the direction of the loudspeakers and turned the volume down.