The Shiv Sena is readying itself for another battle to make sure they hold their annual Dussera rally, a four-decade-old tradition where Sena chief Bal Thackeray addresses his sainiks, at Shivaji Park.
Sena has been denied permission to hold the rally by the Mumbai municipal corporation on the pretext that it will violate the silence zone rules.
The Bombay high court had declared the historic ground a silence zone in 2010 and also according to the civic rules, the ground that has been reserved as a recreational ground, which cannot be used for 'non-sporting' activities. According to Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2010, the noise level in such an areas has to be maintained below the 50-decibel (dB).
This is the second year in a row that the party has had to face the heat while securing permissions to hold the rally on the ground.
In 2010, the Sena had obtained special permission from the court and had consulted sound experts to see how the 50-decibel (dB) cap can be met.
The party used sound barriers and insulators, creating these barriers from porous material, which acted as noise dampeners. They also set up a distributed sound system using multiple low-volume speakers.
Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab, who approached the court last year, said this year they want to wait till June before going to court.
"The issue on silence zones is coming up in court in June and it is still not clear if Shivaji Park has a 'park' or 'ground' reservation. In case it is declared as a park, then silent zone rules will not apply. If none of this happens, we still have the option to go to court," he said.