Residents and activists from Mumbai’s western suburbs stood up in support of ACP Vasant Dhoble on Sunday to demand their “lost nightlife” from owners of illegal pubs and bars in the city.
“With parties in illegal pubs and bars located in residential areas going on till the wee hours of the morning, our ‘nightlife’ has been snatched away from us,” said Bharati Kakkad from Union Park Residents Association.
“We are not against the city’s nightlife. We are only protesting inconvenience caused to locals, who are subjected to loud noise,” she added.
Kakkad, along with other representatives from Citizens for a Better Mumbai, a forum founded by residents living between Oshiwara and Bandra, passed a resolution demanding regulation of illegal establishments functioning without licenses.
“We will upload this resolution online to seek more support. We are also going to meet state officials to discuss this resolution,” said Anandini Thakoor, chairperson, H-West Federation.
“While interacting with my friends, I realised most of them accuse Dhoble for killing their ‘nightlife’ without knowing the real problem,” said 18-year-old Shurbhi Sharma. She, along with other volunteers of We The People Foundation, will spread awareness about illegal establishments by reaching out to students across city colleges.
“We will reach out to people of our generation. Most of them assume he raids bars and pubs in an attempt to shut all establishments,” said Jason Temasfieldt, foundation
member. “However, he is only putting an end to illegal establishments that do not have the required documents,” he said.