KCCA to Deregister Kampala Hangouts over Noise Pollution

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KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi says that several open bars and clubs have exceeded the essential noise levels raising public concern on the emission of uncontrolled noise, sometimes in residential neighborhoods. Musisi says such places will have their licenses revoked.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has warned hangouts in Kampala against playing loud music.

KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi says that several open bars and clubs have exceeded the essential noise levels raising public concern on the emission of uncontrolled noise, sometimes in residential neighborhoods.  Musisi says such places will have their licenses revoked.

According to KCCA guidelines on sound levels, sound in residential areas is limited to 60 decibels during the time implying that it should be limited to a distance of 10 meters away from the source. The sound is limited at 40 decibels during the night.

Meanwhile at the various places of worship, the sound levels should not exceed 75 decibels at day time and 65 decibels during the night while sound for industrial purposes should not exceed 85 decibels at day time and 65 in the night. This would stop within a distance of 15 meters.

However KCCA has noted that of the over 500 hangouts in Kampala, many are failing to meet this standard. Musisi now says that thorough measures will be introduced in the new licensing procedures to ensure that those who don't meet the standards have their licenses revoked.

She says they have received concerns from Kololo from the several foreign embassies over so much noise in the area. She says at midnight the noise should drastically reduce and the restriction is coming in since the people are failing to comply.
 
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David Seruka, the Director of Public Health at KCCA states that many people in the city are transforming their residences. He says the trend is problematic since many of them are not structured to cater for noise pollution, parking standards and hygiene.
 
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Henry Nyanzi who works with Big Deal Embassy Bar states that KCCA should work together with the bar owners instead of abruptly confiscating their music equipment. He says there should be a difference in regulating night clubs, bars and functions in open grounds.
 
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Last week KCCA carried out an operation on places playing loud music and confiscated music systems. Some of the places affected are Atmosphere lounge, Plan B, and Buddu pub. KCCA also asked the hangout operators to acquire sound meters to enable them operate accordingly.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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