In Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, the administration has fined 7 mosques for causing noise pollution. The mosques of many villages of the Pathari police station area were warned to play loudspeakers for Azaan in limited volume, but on the report of Pathari police station and pollution control board, SDM Puran Singh Rana Has imposed a fine of five thousand on 7 mosques. At the same time, two mosques have been warned for causing noise pollution. Muslim religious leaders are raising questions about the action of the administration.
Action on the report of the Pollution Control Board
SDM Puran Singh Rana said that complaints were being received about loudspeakers being played loudly in the mosques of villages like Katarpur, Gurjar Basti, Dhanpura Dharta, Nasirpur Kalan, and Ibrahimpur Kalan of Pathri police station area. Along with this, loudspeakers were installed in some mosques without permission, after which the team of Pathri Police Station and Pollution Control Board conducted an on-the-spot investigation and found violations of the standards set in the mosques. Based on the report of the Pollution Control Board, 7 mosques have been fined five each, and two mosques have been warned. Along with this, for doing this again, a case will also be filed imposing double the fine.
Other mosque operators are opposing the administration’s action on the mosques causing noise pollution. Mohammad Arif, manager of a mosque located in Jwalapur, says that noise pollution is not happening in mosques, but noise pollution is caused by vehicles, machines, and DJs. The administration should first act on them. But it is not right to impose fines on mosques.
Two people had filed a public interest litigation
in the High Court in the year 2022, two people named Amit Kumar and Talib Hasan of Dhanpura were troubled by playing Azaan and Aarti in some temples and mosques of the Pathri police station area It was In this, it was told that there is competition in both the religious places, due to which the peace of the common people has been disturbed. After hearing the petition, the Uttarakhand High Court issued instructions not to use loudspeakers at any religious place without permission and to use loudspeakers within the norms. The administration says that action has been taken under the instructions of the High Court.