Network jammers in theatres and auditoriums?

The move is being considered to avoid disturbance to the artists during their performance. However, the civic body has expressed concerns about the hassles caused during emergency situations

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to install mobile jammers in the civic body-run drama theatres and auditoriums after repeated complaints from artists who pointed out that the phones caused interruption when the plays are staged.

The proposal for the same was put forward by Shiv Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre who wrote to BMC chief Pravin Pardeshi requesting installation of jammers in the BMC-run drama theatres.

Ringing of mobile phones while dramas are being staged often distract artists. The artists had expressed their distress over this and sought some solution," she wrote in the letter.

In response, BMC stated that they would consider the proposal after necessary permissions from the Central Government. They added that they would also require a written assurance from the organisers that they will be responsible in case of any emergency situation once the jammers are installed.

Currently, there are five auditoriums in the city that are run by the civic body:

  • Deenanath Mangeshkar Natyagriha, Vile Parle
  • Prabodhankar Thackeray Rangmanch, Shivadi
  • Swarsamrat Kundanlal Saigal Open Air Theatre, Malad
  • Prabodhankar Keshav Sitaram Thackeray Natyamandir, Borivli
  • Mahakavi Kalidas Natyagruha, Mulund

These auditoriums are known for organising Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi plays.

The issue of pestering mobile phones has been an age-old problem as despite putting up boards cautioning the audience to keep their phones in silent mode during the play, the audience fail to take this into consideration.

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