Celebrations during the last three days of Navratri are going to go on for a little while longer. The state government has approved the relaxation on the loudspeaker ban for three days during Navratri till 12am.
The decision was taken after a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, led by state minister Vidya Thakur and Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday asking for the relaxation.
They argued that the extension of timings from 10pm to midnight was necessary as people could utilise this time for pujas as well as for garba and dandiya.
The Supreme Court has already given guidelines for the use of loudspeakers.
According to these guidelines, the state government has the power to relax restrictions on the use of loudspeakers in case of cultural or religious occasions not exceeding 15 days in a year and that the time period should be announced at the beginning of the festival itself.
The state has already allowed a relaxation for five days during Ganeshotsav in September. The other days where loudspeakers are restricted include Eid, Diwali, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.