Residents meet senior cop, want all taverns in Indiranagar shut on NYE

Residents meet senior cop, want all taverns in Indiranagar shut on NYE
Residents of Indiranagar on Friday urged the police to shut down illegal watering holes in the East Bengaluru locality on New Year's Eve.  

Members of I Change Indiranagar, an umbrella group of  eight residents' welfare associations,  met Seemanth Kumar Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (East), and urged him to take steps to avoid inconvenience to residents on December 31.

Their move followed a media report that the officer had  asked pub owners to make Koramangala another  MG Road. On Friday, however, Singh denied making such a suggestion.  

"My message has been wrongly interpreted. I said tight security will be provided even in Koramangala and Indiranagar, where a lot of people are expected to gather," he said. He promised zero tolerance against public nuisance in residential areas, besides  increasing police patrolling and setting up booths at regular intervals on 100 Feet Road in Indiranagar.

When asked why the BBMP was finding it difficult to shut down illegal rooftop pubs and bars, Dr Ashok, Joint Commissioner (East), BBMP, said: "There has to be a larger change in the policy. If a change in the policy comes through the BBMP council, it will be easy for us to shut down watering holes in residential areas."  

As most rooftop pubs and bars do not comply with fire safety norms or building bye-laws, residents have sought a joint meeting with fire and police departments to press them to take steps to prevent fire incidents in the locality.

They said they are hopeful their demands will be met.

Sneha Nandihal, president, BM Kaval Bairasandra Residents' Welfare Association, said: "We have been screaming from the rooftop so that a Mumbai-like fire incident does not occur here. We have not given up hope on the authorities."

Residents of Koramangala, too, met police officers on Friday, urging that revelry in the locality be checked on December 31.

 

BOX

What do  residents want?  

* Shut down illegal pubs and bars on December 31.

* Music from pubs should not exceed 45 dB after 10 pm.

* Parking should not be allowed in bylanes.  

* Do not allow revelry to spill onto roads.  

* Shut down all pubs and bars in residential areas.  

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