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Bandra residents want special zones for pubs

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2010 02:13 IST
HT Correspondent

Residents of Bandra want the state government to create a special zone for pubs and discotheques in an area such as Bandra-Kurla Complex, which is primarily a commercial area.

The H-West Ward Federation had, two months ago, written to the state proposing that pubs, bars and discotheques be shifted to commercial localities.

“These pubs are mushrooming in areas like Bandra and Khar, especially in residential areas [see box],” Aftab Siddiqui, a member of the H-West Ward Federation said. “Instead of creating chaos in residential areas, the state should create special zones in areas such as BKC, which fall silent after dusk. Why not let people party there?”

Sunil Wagh, activist and resident of Linking Road said: “It will be wonderful if the government ensures that there are special zones outside residential areas. I stay in the vicinity of two such clubs and have to face chaos every night.”

The state last month ordered two popular pubs, Escobar and Bonobo, to shut saying they were flouting norms.

Bandra residents have been complaining against pubs and discotheques for long. “There is incessant honking at nights and traffic jams,” Wagh said. “People emerge from these clubs drunk, enter neighbourhood societies and urinate on their doors.” Siddiqui said partygoers often leave empty beer bottles and used condoms outside these clubs. Actor Chunky Pandey, owner of Elbo Room at Khar, rubbished the plan. “By that logic, every restaurant and wine shop should be shifted out of the city. How can you shift such places out of the city?”