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Exempt religious events from pollution norms, EC urged

1:11 PM, April 9, 2019

India(Goa):"There is apprehension that religious activities during the ongoing Lenten Season and Easter Vigil Services will also attract similar action," Vijai Sardesai said.

Goa should be exempt from noise pollution rules so that the residents can observe religious events, the Goa Forward Party (GFP) on Tuesday urged the Chief Election Commissioner.

In a letter to the Commissioner, GFP President and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said that since flying squads of the election authorities had stopped festivities related to the Shigmo, a popular Hindu festival in Goa, there was apprehension that Catholic religious events too may be stopped.

"There is apprehension that religious activities during the ongoing Lenten Season and Easter Vigil Services will also attract similar action," he said.

He said the coastal state -- where Catholics account for 26 per cent of the population -- be exempt from noise pollution norms, which bans playing of loud music after 10 p.m.

Christians across the globe are preparing for Easter with the ongoing Lent, a 40-day period prayer and abstinence that starts on Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday, which this year falls on April 21.

IANS

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