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Loud music, fireworks give residents sleepless nights

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, December 29, 2013
First Published: 18:46 IST(29/12/2013) | Last Updated: 18:51 IST(29/12/2013)

With the wedding season at its peak and the New Year round the corner, the noise-pollution level has reached an all-time high here.

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The residential areas near banquet halls are the worst-hit where marriage celebrations and parties are held every now and then. Loud music emanating from DJs and fireworks is a great source of nuisance, especially for the aged, patients and students.

Khasa-Attari road, which faces the Cantonment stretch, is flooded with innumerable marriage palaces. Hosting loud parties at homes with the use of fireworks has been exasperating the residents.
"The authorities concerned should not allow loud parties, especially during late night hours in residential areas," said Ashish Nanda, a local resident.

"On Sunday night, Rani Ka Bagh was abuzz with loud sounds after religious organisation hosted a procession for hours late in the night," he added. 

"When loud music is played continuously for hours in the night, it takes away our peace of mind," said Swaran Kaur Bal, an elderly. Kirandeep Kaur said it had become difficult for her children to concentrate on their studies due to loud music and fireworks.

Municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda maintained that he is making efforts to keep the city free of loud music.

The Supreme Court laws to curb the noise pollution are being flaunted.

Residents speak

"The authorities concerned cannot turn a blind eye to the problem. Noise pollution is not only irksome but is harmful to the environment as well."
-Ashish Nanda, city resident

"Where should the elderly struggling to get sound sleep go? Are the authorities really concerned at all? I doubt."
- Swaran Kaur Bal, resident

"If basic issues cannot be solved, on what basis then the government will transform Amritsar into a world-class destination?"
-Kirandeep Kaur, resident

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