Pub licensing in Bandra, Khar under scanner
Bogged by a litany of complaints against pubs in residential areas of Bandra and Khar, the municipal corporation has come up with a solution.mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2010 03:10 IST
Bogged by a litany of complaints against pubs in residential areas of Bandra and Khar, the municipal corporation has come up with a solution.
It has decided to have joint meetings of all civic departments involved, as well as local police to review existing licence given to all pubs in the area.
This move will start with a meeting before Christmas and will aim to look at not just reviewing these licences but regulating them by studying these cases, to prove any illegalities that these pubs are involved in, as alleged by locals.
Deputy municipal commissioner, Zone-III, Sudhir Naik, said: “We will start off with having one meeting in the next week, which will be followed by more if necessary to find a solution to pub-related problems.”
Naik added: “We need to send out a message to both pub owners and residents that the civic body will not let go anyone who is found violating the set norms.”
Residents have accused the civic body of handing out licences for pubs even when the infrastructure doesn’t support commercial activity.
Pali gaothan resident Neil Periera said: “The road outside this pub near Pali Gaothan, called Hawaiian Shack, is not even 30-feet wide. Despite this, the pub is allowed to operate. Vehicles occupy most of the road leaving no space to walk.” The civic body will review Hawaiian Shack’s licence, after Pereira and other residents complained. “Once the license is granted, there should be regular follow-ups to see whether the establishment is following the plans that had been approved,” said Naik.
Anandini Thakoor, chairperson, H-West Ward citizens trust, welcomed the move. “I’m glad that he has agreed to look into the problem at the earliest.”