High Court allows music system at Varanasi ghat for Modi-Abe visit

December 11, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 24, 2016 03:04 pm IST - Allahabad:

A stage being erected on the Ganga for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, in Varanasi on Thursday.PHOTO: PTI

A stage being erected on the Ganga for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, in Varanasi on Thursday.PHOTO: PTI

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday granted permission for installation of music system at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, is scheduled to attend the “Ganga Arti” on Saturday.

A specially-constituted Bench comprising Chief Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta ruled that the Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) could go ahead with erecting a pole at the Ghat for installation of the music system.

But it emphasised that care must be taken that the music should not be louder than permissible limits and that it should not be played earlier than 6 A.M. and beyond 10 P.M. as that might inconvenience those residing in the vicinity.

The order came on a special application filed on Wednesday by the Uttar Pradesh Government through chief standing counsel Ramesh Upadhyay.

Counsel had submitted that while hearing a matter relating to cleaning of the Ganga, the court had ruled that there must be no fresh constructions within a distance of 200 metres from the banks of the river in Varanasi.

Mr. Upadhyay had also submitted that in a bid to give fillip to tourism in the ancient temple town, the VDA proposed erecting similar poles and music systems at the Sheetala Ghat and the Rajendra Prasad Ghat for which separate application would be filed later.

On a query from the court, counsel also submitted that the VDA had “already made necessary preparations” and the pole would be erected in time though only two days are left for the visit of the two Prime Ministers.

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