Twitter divided over Delhi govt’s decision banning recorded music in pubs

The new rule allows only live bands to play at establishments which serve alcohol, in an effort to clamp down on noise.
Delhi’s excise commissioner Amjad Tak said that live performances were was “softer” and “controlled.”(Representational image)
Delhi’s excise commissioner Amjad Tak said that live performances were was “softer” and “controlled.”(Representational image)
Published on May 21, 2018 04:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Delhi government’s decision to ban the playing of recorded music at about 900 restaurants across the city that serve alcohol, has left divided Twitter

The new rule allows only live bands to play at such establishments. The excise department said on Sunday that the decision was taken after residents complained of noise from pubs in places such as Khan Market, Defence Colony and Rajouri Garden.

Several Twitter users questioned the logic behind the ruling, asking the authorities to explain “sound pollution when temples, mosques and Gurudwaras blatantly exploit loudspeakers?”

A few users pointed out that live music could be loud too. However, the government also found support in a few users who approved of the decision, saying it was a good opportunity to support new talent. A couple of users wanted smoking and alcohol consumption also banned.Some people were of the opinion that sound levels should be monitored, instead of a blanket ban on recorded music.

When asked how live music was less noisy than recorded music, Delhi’s excise commissioner Amjad Tak said that live performances were was “softer” and “controlled”, without giving reasons or data for how he had arrived at the conclusion.

Sample a few more Twitter reactions:

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