Opening of yet another pub in Sahara Mall has sparked fresh row between the mall management and government authorities. On Tuesday, the management disconnected the electricity supply to the newly-opened pub - Mud Pot.
The management alleged that by giving licence to another pub, the excise and taxation department officials have shown scant regard for the law and order situation.
Given the rise in number of pub brawls, the management and the police have been urging the department not to issue fresh licences.
However, the Mud Pot owner accused the management of acting beyond their authority and claimed that he had all the necessary permission from the competent departments to operate the bar as well as the music system. "We carry valid licence to serve liquor as well as permission to play music. Despite producing our licence, the mall management disconnected the electricity supply," said Puneet Singh, the owner.
The management said owners of many outlets on the second floor, where the pub is functioning, have serious concerns about it. "On Tuesday, when they heard loud music from the pub they approached us," said JK Gupta, head of Sahara Mall.
"We already have five bars operating on our third floor and we have been facing a tough time due to the nuisance created by hooligans and revellers. Despite our request not to issue fresh licences and also discontinue the already operating ones, the department did the otherwise."
However, senior excise and taxation officials said that they haven't received any representation against the pub.