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After complaints from San Fernando residents
about noise pollution in the city, the mayor and
the Environmental Management Authority (EMA)
took a tough approach last Friday, pulling down
speakers and equipment blasting loud music from
outside business places on High Street.
Saying that he wanted to ensure law and order in
his city, San Fernando mayor Dr Navi Muradali also
called for people who live in government apartments
to stop playing loud music and annoying their neigh-
bours and the public, saying he had written to the
Housing Development Corporation (HDC) asking it
to tell tenants there would be penalties for continuing
to do so.
He said city police were also being trained how
to use decibel meters by the EMA, so they would be
able to do their own tests in future.
He told members of the media on High Street:
"We are here today, with the EMA and city police
and the litter wardens, on a joint exercise.
"First we tackled bar owners who were playing
very loud music. Right now we are dealing with store
owners who have loudspeakers and music equipment
outside of their stores, advertising their products and
playing very loud music."
No one was charged during the exercise, even
though in a similar exercise a week earlier the violators
of noise pollution control rules were warned that
having speakers playing loud music outside their
business places was unlawful and could result in
their being charged.
On that occasion, Muradali said 16 violators were
"Today, some continued to play loud music. They
were warned again by the EMA police to remove
their equipment and in the future, if they discover
that they are not complying, their equipment could
be seized by the police and they could be charged
under the Summary Offences Act," Muradali
Cpl Carl Forde of the EMA police also told business
owners there were alternative means to loud music
that would attract customers. He also said they needed
a licence from the Copyright Association (COTT) to
play music in their businesses.
During the tour, the team came across vendors,
who were warned about the risks incurred in vending
without a licence.
They also spoke to fruit vendors about being prop-
erly attired to sell foodstuff.
Legitimate business owners were told the hours
for placing their garbage on the streets for disposal
were between 5 and 6 pm.
The mayor cautioned that putting out garbage
outside those hours could result in their being charged
by litter wardens and being hauled before a magis-
Muradali said Friday s exercise was twofold, in that
it was also used to launch the litter-warden pro-
their van after
clampdown in Sando
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