Hyderabad has become a most sought-after destination for investments, both from within the country and outside the country. This is due to various parameters, including excellent law and order situation, women’s safety, ease of doing business, fast clearances, and good nightlife.
However, the recent incident where the police raided a pub in the city where drugs were being supplied has sent ripples within the stakeholders. Neither the state government nor the police want the image of Hyderabad to be tarnished by such incidents. Further, there are several complaints from people with regards to sound pollution, parking issues and misbehavior by drunk people while leaving the pubs and bars.
The commissioner of Hyderabad police, CV Anand, held a meeting with the owners of pubs, clubs, restaurants, bars, and drive-in restaurants to address such issues. “We expect you to run business responsibly and uphold the reputation of the city and state, which is getting compromised by just a few who violate set norms for petty gains. Please decrease inconvenience to residents,” Anand told the gathering.
He also instructed them not to allow underage persons and restrict sound levels. The management was also asked to put up surveillance cameras with 30 days of backup and to have a dedicated monitoring team. The CP further asked them to soundproof premises, engage valet drivers, frisk staff and customers, etc.
They were also told that all food orders must be stopped by 11 pm and the establishments need to be closed by 12 am, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays, where an extra one hour was granted. CV Anand also said it would be best if the management dimmed the lights 10 minutes prior to closing time, which was common in developed countries. While the star hotels could serve liquor through the day as they mostly have international delegates, he said the rule was not applicable to the general public.