The police have asked all 160 applicants for dance bar licences to ensure they fulfil each of the 26 parameters set for reopening their establishments. They have also been asked to self-certify and inform the hotel branch at the police headquarters.
This move was made after surprise checks by principal secretary Vijay Satbir Singh and senior police officers at four dance bars holding temporary license revealed they secured false compliance reports from local police stations. This step was taken after the checks showed how local police stations issued the reports even though important factors such as fire-fighting apparatus and CCTV cameras were not in place.
The hotel branch at the police headquarters has begun sending letters to all the owners of the dance bars, who want their establishments to start functioning. Most of the 160-odd applications have come in from the Ghatkopar-Mulund belt in the central suburbs and Goregaon-Dahisar belt in the western suburbs, the police said.
“After the four dance bar owners managed to get clearance from authorities even after defaulting on the safety measures, we have now asked the establishments to self-certify themselves. Strict action will be taken against them if they default,” said a senior officer, who did not wish to be named.
Sources said the process is also being elaborated to buy time till the new draft proposal is unveiled at the ongoing Assembly session. They added that the state has got a valid reason for diversifying their ambit of scrutiny by bringing all the 160 establishments into the fold after four of them defaulted by being hand in gloves with the local police stations.
The police said all the 160 applicants are those who have been in this business before. “They all know how things function and how strict or impossible things can get if they try to dupe us again,” added the officer.