Hoteliers request cops to review deadline


MUMBAI
Come early, party fast and leave early’, is the message from the city’s hotel industry to New Year revellers booking venues. Restaurant owners have written to the police chief requesting him to allow extended parties on the night of December 31, failing which celebrations at restaurants will have to wrap up early.

Breaking from tradition, police this year have refused to extend closing hours till 5am, which is a common practice for December 25 and 31. Although various state departments had cleared the extension, the police commissioner refused to do so on Friday citing various aspects like the security threat, crime against women, noise pollution and overall public safety. On Saturday, bar, restaurant and hotel owners under the banner of Ahar wrote to the commissioner of police requesting him to reconsider the decision. Sources said if it is not resolved soon, the association may even move court. “Every establishment pays a fee for each extended hour on 31st so that every policeman is rewarded. Police will in fact face a greater challenge if people continue their celebrations on the road,” said Ahar president Arvind Shetty.

Full report here Times of India

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