I never thought logging onto the Mumbai traffic police website would trigger such realisation. Flashing on the page is a statement that reads, “From January 1 till March 31, 2012 3720 drivers has been sent to simple imprisonment for Drunk Driver.”
It comes from the makers of ‘Beware of bogus police’, so it really wouldn’t be the same if written any other way. The point is that even though the campaign against drunken driving began in 2007, thousands of people are still okay driving inebriated. The Rs14.56 crore that the police reportedly made from fines till 2011 is probably the silver lining here. It might be a long shot, but if the city had a designated space or a Special Party Zone (SPZ), the job of catching these violators and making more money just might become easier.
And that’s just one of the 10 reasons that come to mind at the mention of having an area of Mumbai, which has few purely residential areas and enough space (read Bandra Kurla Complex), dedicated to the deprived party animal.
These are the other nine:
The wider roads will reduce traffic jams and honking, which contributes to a decreased level of noise pollution. Having clubs and pubs located in close proximity to each other might require fewer party hoppers to drive from one location to another, thus reducing drunken driving incidents.
Planning bar crawls will become much easier. And an entertainment hub like this could attract tourists to Mumbai for its nightlife and not its slums, for a change.
Ample parking space.
Neighbourhood ALMs, residential building presidents or society secretaries won’t have to deal with their insomnia at the expense of someone’s revelry.
The police could manage an SPZ more easily.
The Utopian dream of late(r) deadlines may just be implemented again.
Club owners will have more than just a few hours to recover their investments.
Those who want to party late will have the choice to do so, and not get thrown out of their flats for taking the revelry home.
The chances of this being implemented may be as rare as spotting a dodo in Mumbai. But remember the store called Provogue Lounge that used to double up as a nightclub in High Street Phoenix? The noise was never an issue and the music died at 5am. If that concept worked, hopefully, an SPZ can too.