Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to allow the use of DJ and Dolby sound systems during religious festivals. This comes after the Professional Audio and Lighting Association (PALA) made an attempt to convince the court that the sound systems could be made so that they would not exceed the permissible noise limits. A division bench led by Justice Shantanu Kemkar refused to grant interim relief, thereby, disallowing use of DJ and Dolby sound systems for festivals.
The bench was seized with a plea filed by PALA, which cited some Japanese companies’ claims that the sound systems could be manufactured in a manner that they do not emanate additional noise. “The companies have said that these sound systems can be manufactured in a manner wherein they do not breach the permissible noise levels. The sound systems can be in conformation with the decibel levels prescribed under the Noise Pollution Rules, 2000,” advocate Satish Talekar, appearing for PALA, argued.
Talekar accordingly urged the bench to lift the blanket ban imposed by the Maharashtra government from allowing use of DJ and Dolby sound systems across the state, especially during festivals. This comes in response to the ruling of the bench, last month. In its interim orders, the bench had said, “The association has miserably failed to produce on record the specifications of DJ and Dolby sound systems from the manufacturers to demonstrate that the said systems can be operated within the limits of permissible noise levels.” The bench while refusing to lift the ban, directed Advocate General (AG) Ashutosh Kumbhkoni to file his reply to the plea within two weeks.