Residents in Bandra and Khar will finally get the chance to vent their angst against pubs and bars flouting regulations.
A joint committee of senior civic officials, senior police officers, including the traffic wing, have now directed residents to submit a report about the problems they face due to the pubs, along with the violations that residents believe have been committed. These violations will be jointly scrutinised by this committee after which a decision will be taken on the licences of these pubs.
The Hindustan Times had earlier reported how civic authorities and residents had agreed on a joint meeting of different authorities involved in issuing licences to pubs and discos in the area, as a potential solution to the problem. Residents have been alleging that pubs and discos violate norms and are a nuisance to residents of nearby buildings. Residents had suggested that these be shifted to the nearby Bandra-Kurla Complex.
Deputy municipal commissioner (Zone-III) Sudhir Naik, who convened the meeting, said, “We have told them to submit a detailed report to us on the complaints.”
Protesting residents have termed it a ‘fruitful’ meeting. “There seemed to be coordination between different agencies, which has been absent till now. It was good that they will be jointly studying our report and taking action,” said Anandini Thakoor, chairperson, H West ward citizens’ federation.
Manuela Saldanha, secretary, Revival Citizens Group, said, “We have enough documentary evidence to prove the wrongdoings of pub owners and to show how every rule in the book has been twisted and violated.”
Thakoor said the committee had also promised not to renew licences till a decision was made on the report. “We have demanded that licences be directly cancelled, not suspended like the last time.”
Residents hope to submit the report by Monday. Deputy commissioner of police (Zone 9) KMM Prasanna declined to comment, saying no decision was taken at the meeting.