Band parties of the city have decided to reduce noise pollution during processions. They took the decision at an emergency meeting of the Berhampur Musical Band Association. Senior band party masters of the city agreed that sound pollution had increased due to the unchecked use of loudspeakers.

Gone are the days when band parties used to strive on brass musical instruments to intensify their sound.

Now electronic keyboards and large loudspeakers have replaced them. At times a truck load of loudspeakers are being used to blare up music played on a sound system during processions.

Keeping in view the problems caused by this high intensity sound, the music bands of the city decided not to use more than eight sound boxes during their march with a procession. The association also resolved that all these eight speakers should be small ones rather than large ones, said adviser of the association Y. Nageswar Rao.

Loud speakers

Earlier, these bands were using 14 to 16 speakers. “Two years ago we ourselves had reduced the number of speakers to ten,” said president of the association S. Varaprasad.