Dance bars are unlikely to open soon as the Mumbai police have been asked to first conduct a detailed scrutiny in all the 160-odd establishments, which have applied for a licence.
The move comes after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis suspended four police officers.
Last week, Fadnavis suspended four officers for submitting fudged compliance report of four bars, which had been issued temporary licences.
Till now, those who had applied for the licences to start dance bars were asked to self-certify on the compliance of norms for getting permission. The responsibility of issuing a compliance report to the state was given to the local police station.
However, since the local police were found to be hand in glove with bar owners, the hotel branch of the Mumbai police will now inspect the establishments.
“Fire safety, CCTV and fire exits would be checked. We will also check the establishments for any hidden cavities. We will then send a report to the state government. The process is time-consuming,” said a senior police officer.
The police officers hinted that the lengthy verification process will give the state more time to come up with the new draft proposal in the ongoing assembly session.
“The state issued temporary licences to the four bars, adhering to the court’s direction. However, even after the local police submitted a compliance report, an inspection was conducted and the licences were taken back, citing violations,” said another police officer.
Principal secretary Vijay Satbir Singh along with deputy commissioner (headquarter I) Pradeep Sawant inspected four dance bars on March 15 and 16
The checks showed that the bars had violated fire safety and CCTV norms
Tilak Nagar, Mulund, Bhandup and Tardeo police stations issued false compliance reports, saying the bars had fulfilled all norms
The state suspended four police officers for submitting false reports and the temporary licences of the dance bars were cancelled