Bhubaneswar: Even as residents of the capital of Odisha look forward to a big Dussehra celebration after a two-year break, police have issued a restraining order warning of noise pollution during the celebrations.
In a set of guidelines issued on Friday, the police station ordered puja committees and organizers of different entertainment programs to keep the output of music systems within permitted limits.
Citing the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 and the Supreme Court order, police told them to limit sound output to a maximum of 65 decibels during the festival. Band/DJ and music parties using amplifiers and musical instruments should have sound limiters connected to the systems for this purpose.
The guidelines further stated that only one musical group would be allowed during the idol immersion procession in the city. They can use a maximum of 4-5 sound boxes and no sound system will be allowed without sound limiters.
No musical instruments will be played within 100 meters of quiet areas such as school, college, hospital and court. The time and route given to the immersion procession must be strictly followed, while national roads and areas covered by article 144 of the CrPC are prohibited for the event. No focus/flash lamp will be used by the organizers who would use a maximum of 6 carts.
Musical groups and DJs registered with DCP offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be allowed to perform.