Most residents of Khar’s Union Park will not step out on the night of December 31 this year. With several pubs and hotels in the area where New Year revellers party late into the night, the residents are wary of drunk drivers and miscreants, and prefer staying indoors.
“While we always face a problem of noise and traffic in the area, on New Year’s Eve, the problem worsens. Now that the deadline has been extended to 5am, it is going to be even more troublesome,” said Bharati Kakkad, secretary of Union Park Resident’s Association, an advanced locality management.
“Most of the residents here prefer going for house parties and stay indoors for the night to avoid any kind of trouble,” she said.
Some others are planning to stay indoors to welcome the New Year for a much-feared reason in recent times. “I have two young daughters, I prefer not going out considering the city has become unsafe for women,” said Anusha Kaushik, 30, a Malad resident. “I will stay at home instead on New Year’s Eve and watch some programme on the television with my family.”
Borivli resident Hemang Patelia, 23, will attend a house party this year instead of his usual outings to clubs for New Year celebrations.
“House parties are more economical, and given the fact that there has been an increasing number of instances where the police have taken action against bars and pubs, I prefer going to a house party to avoid any hassle,” said.
However, there are a few who swear by an outdoor plan to ring in the New Year. “I will go out for dinner with my boyfriend followed by a drive to Marine Drive to see the fireworks there since we think it is the best way to celebrate the day,” said Nikita Mehta, 23, Andheri resident.