“When we learned that we needed permits to serve alcohol, we decided to avoid the hassle and have an alcohol-free party,” said Khetwat, a Goregaon resident. The alcohol was substituted with mocktails and soft drinks. “There were several cases of police raids and drink-driving last year, so we decided to be more responsible and have a pleasant family time,” he added.
On Monday, guests at a house party in Sewri were welcomed with iced tea. “I had decided not to organise any New Year parties with alcohol because of the number of restrictions,” said party planner Vanita Rodrigues. “Since the hosts wanted a different theme to their party, I suggested an alcohol-free, fruit drink-based theme, which they liked.”