Blantyre City is on the move and largely it is due to the reign of Mayor Noel Chalamanda. However, on the move it should not only be the city but also the places in the city.
Blantyre City Council (BCC) has confiscated entertainment equipment that were used to make noise in residential areas around the city.
The development follows complaints from residents about noise pollution in residential areas from bottle stores in the city. Reacting on the complaints, BCC has launched a campaign that seeks to bring sanity in as far as noise pollution is concerned.
Confirming the development, BCC director of trade Dennis Chinseu said they have confiscated speakers, amplifiers, and music players from drinking places located in the residential areas.
“We are trying to comply with the noise pollution act, that prevents noise pollution in the country,” said Chinseu.
He added that the owners of the music equipment are to get them back once they pay a fine for making noise around the city.
“We will be asking them to pay something that we used in tracing them for making the environment unfriendly to others due to noise,” added Chinseu.
In 2013 BCC embarked on a drive of stopping residents from making noise in residential areas without the council’s approval.
However, critics said the city authorities were likely to lose the battle on noise pollution as the bylaws do not specify sound level limits for various areas considering that the city council does not have equipment to measure sound levels.