City’s brass bands suffer as ‘DJ-on-wheels’ get into their businessSports — By The Desk on March 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Pune Mirror: Over 200 families in the city earning their livelihood from traditional brass bands are suffering a major business loss because ‘DJ-on-wheels’ are invading their workspace.
They allege that these musicians are flouting norms and that the Regional Transport Office (RTO) and the police are turning a blind eye to this issue.
Vijay Gaikwad, president, Brass Band Group, said, “The traditional brass band groups are dominated by people from the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
Since they don’t have any concrete means of livelihood, they get into the brass band business, which was till date very popular during marriages and cultural functions in the urban and rural areas. But ever since the modified DJ vehicles have entered this business, our earnings have taken a hit.”
Gaikwad alleged that 2,000 such modified vehicles are operating in the city and rural areas. “They use tempos aged over 15 years, converting them into ‘raths’ or AC buses with full music system. People propagating this business come from a comparatively richer section of society and can afford the huge investment needed for such DJ vehicles.
If this situation remains the same, we’ll be forced to commit suicide like farmers. The police and RTO are doing nothing even though we have given them the names of the owners of these illegal vehicles,” he said.
Manoj Kodre, a brass band artiste, said, “It has been proved that the DJ vehicles cross 13,000 decibels and the resultant sound pollution can even lead to heart attacks. The old tempos and jeeps fitted with the DJ sound system also cause air pollution because they are very old.
Installing the generator sets of 20 KV to 125 KV on such vehicles is a regular practice. The owners of such vehicles do not pay road tax, registration fees or insurance.
The DJ vehicles also cause traffic jams and don’t adhere to the 10 pm deadline. But despite all this, the authorities don’t have any concrete data on these vehicles and also don’t seem to care about the flouting of norms.”
Chandrakant Kharatmal, regional transport officer, said, “We have instructed all motor vehicle inspectors and checking squads to take necessary action against such vehicles.
We have also started issuing notices to the concerned offenders after being tipped off by citizens and this action would be continued henceforth.”