he Karnataka State Board of Auqaf (wakf) has restricted the managements of mosques and dargahs from using loudspeakers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The board, in a circular dated March 9, 2021, cited the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, and said loudspeakers used during daytime shall adhere to ambient air quality standards in respect of noise.
The circular as per The Hindu issued by the board’s Chief Executive Officer stated that the increasing ambient noise level around many mosques and dargahs owing to use of generator sets, loudspeakers, and public address systems have a deleterious effect on the health and psychological wellbeing of people.
The issue of use of loudspeakers in mosques had been raised from time to time in various courts across the country. It is “heartening” to note that some of the mosques are adhering to the rules scrupulously, the circular stated, and added that “paramount importance” is attached by Islam to harmonious and sustainable protection of natural environment.