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Blaring loudspeakers raise ire

THE RESIDENTS of Usha Nagar Extension have complained that loud speakers played at Ranjit Hanuman temple till late nights disrupt children?s study. The situation gets out of control on Tuesdays when devotional songs are played aloud till midnight.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 14:11 IST

THE RESIDENTS of Usha Nagar Extension have complained that loud speakers played at Ranjit Hanuman temple till late nights disrupt children’s study. The situation gets out of control on Tuesdays when devotional songs are played aloud till midnight.

“Its very difficult to study, read or talk specially on Tuesdays as singers, most of whom don’t have good voice, sing till night,” school teacher Archana Joshi complained. Other area residents support Joshi who is trained in puja rituals and Indian classical music. “The sound level crosses tolerable limit (55 decibels in residential area) on most days,” they said.

It has provided a free platform for self-professed singers to practice their art. In the process, people with discordant voice take to mike. “These out of tune performances irritate more,” resident Suresh Talwar remarked.

Though it has been a year since district administration took over the temple administration, the authorities have avoided taking steps in this direction. This is despite a Supreme Court directive, banning use of loud speakers between 10 pm to 6 am in open space. The apex court directive has, however, empowered district collectors to relax this regulation for 15 days, which they select as per their discretion.

A group of residents who lodged complaint with district administration got no response. SDM and temple administrator Vivek Shrotriya, however, denied receiving any plaints. He said residents should lodge complaint with police if they have a grievance.

High decibels apart, lack of adequate cleanliness compound the misery. On most occasions, the temple entrance turns filthy with cattle feeding around, an activity that covers one fourth of the road.

The cattle droppings add to grime, as there is no separate provision for devotees to feed cattle. The only hope to streamline the temple’s functioning is its management plan and the proposed Act, which has been sent to the Government for approval.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 14:11 IST