Noisy pubs, snarls in Mumbai: Pali Village residents yet to find the missing peace
Mumbai city news: Every day, residents are troubled with unnecessary honking, ceaseless music and late night revellers creating a nuisance outside their homesmumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2017 23:55 IST
Around 11pm on Saturday, Neil Pereira, Pali Village resident, called up Khar police station in Mumbai to complain about the incessant honking and traffic snarl on 16th Road in Bandra. He was told that a van would be sent to address the issue.
This is not a new thing for the gaothan residents. Every day, they are troubled with unnecessary honking, ceaseless music and late night revellers creating a nuisance outside their homes. What worsens this is the traffic situation. Reason: the narrow lanes and many pubs.
“We hear loud music blaring from one of them throughout the year. We have also had people fighting and urinating outside our house late in the night. More than once, we have caught drunk couples in compromising positions. It is actually a torture,” Pereira said.
He added that he had complained at the ward office and police station several times but to no avail. “There are around six bars and pubs around gaothan area, most of which are open beyond the 1.30am deadline on weekends,” Pereira added.
Residents also raised the issue of security, with outsiders entering the premises often. “The other day, a few rowdy guys were sitting just outside my house around 2am. I believe had come here after drinking in the nearby bar,” said Maria Noronha, a resident.
Elderly people said that all this put them in a helpless situation as there was no way for them to get out in case of there was an emergency in the middle of night, because people who come to these pubs park their cars in the narrow lanes, clogging them.
“We live in a residential area and not a parking lot. Our verandahs are used by these pubs as parking spots for their guests. There is no way for us to know who owns a car that is randomly parked near our houses. Who do we question?” said Errol Ferreira, a serviceman with a private company.
Commercial establishments were of the opinion that the rising number of pubs in the area caused the problems.
“There can’t be a parking problem because we have valet parking. This pub has been around for 15 years now. The number has increased on 16th Road, which is why there is a parking issue. Also, we have a soundproof place, so there is no question of any nuisance,” said Sadhana Lalwani, owner of Hawaiian Shack , a nearby pub.
Meanwhile, Sharad Ughade, ward officer, H-West, said that he had not come across any issue raised by the residents, “No complaint has been brought to my notice yet. But I will check with my juniors about the issue. If the problem persists, it will be forwarded to Khar police station.”