Palike clueless about bar owner

Palike clueless about bar owner

The Palike has no idea who owns the Seven Hills Snooker Club on Residency Road, where some schoolchildren were found puffing away hookah when they raided the bar on Monday.

A senior BBMP officer told Deccan Herald that the Palike has no details about the ownership of the bar that is located in the second floor of Gold Tower, where a massive fire mishap had occurred three years ago.

“In our records, one Kumar owns this shop, but there are no other contact details. I wonder how the trade licence was issued,” said a Palike source.

Earlier, a restaurant at Koramangala – Soul At The Courtyard – had moved the High Court of Karnataka, challenging the Palike’s order to cancel its trade licence.

The High Court, in its verdict dated May 3, 2011, stated that the owner should not sell or encourage consumption of hookah in the restaurant.

Also the Palike Council, at its meeting on March 29, 2011, had resolved to ban hookah bars in the City.

Rs 180 for one hour

The children used to spend Rs 180 an hour for smoking hookah at the bar, it is learnt.

Shopkeepers in the building said some schoolchildren were regulars at the bar.

A public notice was always glued on the door of the club, stating: “Due to technical problem we are closed today.”

Ironically, another notice next to it said: “No Smoking.”