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Delhi Govt Bars Pubs From Playing Recorded Music, Only Live Performances Allowed

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| May 21 , 2018 , 12:59 IST

The Delhi government has directed pubs in the national capital to not play recorded music and only feature live music, after residents in many areas complained that the noise from the pubs 'disturbed' their peace, media reported on Monday.

Pubs can now only play live music such as bands or individuals, said the Delhi government citing licence conditions.

"L-17 licence (for restaurants that serve food and alcohol) are only allowed for live singing and playing of instruments by professionals on their premises," Delhi excise commissioner Amjad Tak said.

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Any restaurant wanting to serve alcoholic drinks are required to apply for the "Licence 17" or L-17. However, those restaurants not serving drinks can play recorded music as they do not operate under excise rules.

The Delhi excise department had received complaints from residents of Khan Market and Defence Colony in south Delhi and Rajouri Garden in west Delhi of loud music. However, according to experts, there is no scientific study as to whether recorded or live music is less noisy, based on decibels.

The order from the excise department barring the playing of recorded music will likely affect hundreds of pubs in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the National Restaurants Association of India said that its senior members are discussing the matter and would comment shortly.

Establishments in residential areas in Delhi have been facing difficulty due to Supreme Court-ordered sealing.