Following a police crackdown imposing restrictions such as early deadlines in popular party zones of the city, owners of various restaurants, lounges, pubs and more have come together against the action.
Now, owners of these places have demanded the exact opposite of what cops are imposing upon them. The Pune Restaurants and Hoteliers’ Association (PRAHA) wants nightlife here to operate 24×7, like the decision taken in Mumbai recently.
Meanwhile, responding to this demand, city police only said that they will abide by the existing rules.
Over the past few months, Pune cops have been imposing earlier limits for music in areas like Koregaon Park and Baner – Balewadi. claiming that the loud noise pollution was causing a problem for residents of these neighbourhoods Saying that the establishments are not abiding by the rules the police’s implementation of the drive — turning off music by 10 pm — effectively led to party destinations closing down much earlier than before. With police directly entering premises to take action, restaurateurs have also become extra-cautious, for fear of losing even more customers.
But now, the establishment owners have questioned the move, stating that the noise pollution bid is false, and adding that they are rapidly losing revenue. Further, they have pointed out the extended deadlines in Mumbai, where the government is allowing all-night operation for some establishments. Citing Mumbai’s example, members of PRAHA have decided to seek permission for 24×7 operations, which they claim will resolve concerns faced at this time.
The members plan on spreading the word among fellow hoteliers, after which they will then meet Pune commissioner of police (CP) K Venkatesham with their collective demand