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Residents blame politicians for illegal pubs

mumbai Updated: Aug 07, 2010 01:28 IST
Kunal Purohit
Kunal Purohit
Hindustan Times
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Protesting against illegal pubs and discotheques mushrooming in Bandra and Khar, residents on Friday challenged the politicians of the area to have pubs sanctioned in their areas. The activists said that politicians would wake up only when their own peace was threatened.

In a meeting at the Khar library, about 50-odd residents reiterated the cause of doing away with pubs in residential areas. “Why don’t they have pubs and discotheques around the houses of local politicians, including the MLA and the MP? Let’s see if they would be able to bear the chaos,” said activist and Pali village resident Neil Periera.

It’s been a year since the residents of Bandra and Khar have been waging a battle against the unrestricted opening of illegal pubs and discotheques.

A RTI query by Khar activist Aftab Siddiqui showed that Ward 95 — areas on Bandra (West) and Khar (W) had 36 beer bars, pubs and discotheques. “The politicians have vested interests in the pubs. Why would they support us on it, despite sensing that this issue has been affecting the locals?”

Residents have been demanding that pubs be shifted to commercial zones like Bandra-Kurla Complex.