Judge B Vijaysen Reddy also called on the government to inform the court of how it plans to control the pubs on the evening of December 31, as they are sure to create a lot of nuisance on New Years Eve.
The judge heard a petition from Suryadevara Venkata Ramana, president of the Jubilee Hills Residents (Clean & Green) association, who questioned CP’s inaction in reducing noise in these pubs. The noise must stop first, the judge said, adding a warning note that any failure should result in criminal proceedings against the owner of the pub.
Wondering who approved the installation of pubs in residential areas, the judge wanted the state to act quickly so that the noise was immediately stopped. âThere are almost 100 such pubs in the area. You have to apply the noise control rules immediately, âsaid the judge. He adjourned the matter until Thursday.
Defending the case of the petitioners association, its lawyer PS Rajasekhar said these commercials play loud music until late and dozens of young people come out severely drunk while driving cars and bicycles. They pose a potential threat to people on the roads, the lawyer said. Noise rules state that the area must remain quiet from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but pubs play music at high decibels, 10 times the authorized 75 decibels, until 3 a.m. Rajasekhar said. Grunts from traffic are regular, he said. The judge wanted an immediate response from the state. Additional General Counsel J Ramachandra Rao said the CP has prepared a circular which will be issued shortly.