Hotels in Majestic area can stay open 24 hours

Following the recent incident where a senior police officer caned a hotelier for keeping his eatery open after the stipulated closing hours, city police commissioner T Suneel Kumar on Thursday clarified that all hotels and eateries can stay open until 1 am all days of the week. Kumar also said hotels and eateries near the Kempegowda bus station and City railway station can remain open 24 hours for the convenience travellers.

Welcoming the decision, Chandrashekar Hebbar of the Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association told DH that this would curb corruption.

"When N S Megharikh was the police commissioner, he had extended hotel closing hours until 1 am and the police assessed the law and order situation for three months. It was a success with no incidents reported, but that led to corruption when some hotels remained open beyond the stipulated time. But with eateries around the bus station allowed to stay open 24 hours, there will be no issues," Hebbar said.

All police stations across the city have been intimated about the deadline and instructed to step up patrolling and maintain law and order. Earlier, there was no clarity over hotels' stipulated closing hours, and most police stations instructed hotel owners to close down by 11.30 pm.

On the closing hours of liquor outlets, the police commissioner said stipulated closing hours for bars and restaurants, pubs, wine stores and clubs are mentioned in the clauses of their licences and the liquor outlets will have to follow them accordingly.

Asked if any action has been taken against Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) JC Nagar sub-division Manjunath Babu for caning hotelier Rajeev Shetty, the police commissioner said the report has been forwarded to the DG's office and based on the recommendations, action will be initiated, he said.

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