In order to tighten noose around the discotheques, the UT administration has proposed to close them at midnight.
The draft policy governing discotheques was submitted before the high court on Monday. UT’s counsel JS Toor told the court bench that the policy would be notified by February.
As per the draft, the discotheques would close at midnight. They will have to issue identity cards to all employees, and take and keep a record of all the visitors.
The owners would have to get CCTVs installed at entrance and other prominent places; verification of bouncers (male as well as female) from the local police is must; the entry of guests should not exceed the limits; and service and consumption of liquor in other than specified area would be treated as drinking in public place.
The draft policy says the liquor can’t be served to those below the age of 25; and the facility should have separate smoking area and adequate parking space as well. Every discotheque should have internal grievance redressal committee, and those having valid licences can’t be allowed to enter the premises with firearms.
The draft policy document was submitted during the hearing of a petition that was borne out of an incident in which some youths had fired outside a discotheque in Sector 8 in June.
Later, it had come to the light that the UT did not have any policy for the regulation of discotheques. As the high court took a tough stand, the UT was later forced to bring out a policy.
JS Toor told the court that the policy would be called as ‘Controlling of places of Public Amusement, 2016’, under which a nodal committee comprising district magistrate, senior superintendent of police and other officers of various departments would be formed.
The nodal committee would further form a monitoring committee, which would carry out inspection and subsequently report to the panel chairman every month.
The policy would also govern other places of public amusement, including pool game/virtual reality game, machine parlourers and bowling alleys. The places where music, singing dancing (excluding cinema halls) and facility of eating and consumption of alcohol are provided to customers or patrons would be covered under the policy.
Any persons desirous of opening such a facility would have to obtain all necessary permissions from all relevant departments and submit a site plan indicating roads and buildings that existed in the vicinity, including religious places. The licence would be given for one year.
The refusal of further permission could be imposed if license holder is found involved in offensive references to personalities, exciting political discontent, promote hostility and exhibiting photographs of scantily dressed woman.
The suspension and cancellation could be done on preliminary reports, states proposal.
Liquor can’t be served to those below the age of 25
The facility should have separate smoking area and adequate parking space as well
Every discotheque should have internal grievance redressal committee
Those having valid licences can’t be allowed to enter the premises with firearms