With the 3-month deadline on extended hours for weekend night life, coming to an end this week, the Karanataka government will be holding a meeting to review the success and failures of the experiment before taking any further decision.
Home Minister K J George on Tuesday told at a meeting of the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the state government is awaiting a report from the Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Aurdakar to decide the fate of the night life on Fridays and Saturdays in Bangalore.
“The Karnataka government will in three days’ time hold a review meeting on extending the night life in Bangalore,” he said.
Based on the report by the commissioner, a review committee headed by Chief Minister Siddharamiah and the Home Minister KJ George is expected to decide on whether to continue with the weekend nightlife plan or extend it through the week.
“Various parameters such as law and order situation, number of cases booked, police operation, residents view will be considered by the committee before coming to a decision,” George said. He however indicated that a shortage of staff in the police department had resulted in personnel being over worked to meet the law and order needs of the extended night life.
The home minister said that due to the election code of conduct and tensions in the Andhra-Telangana region, the process of police recruitment had been stalled. “As many as 2794 constables will be recruited in the coming days. These recruitments will not fulfill the immediate needs of policing during extended nightlife hours because the selected candidates have to undergo training for over a year,” George said.
The state government had recently extended the deadline for night life from 11 pm till 1 am for bar and restaurants on Fridays and Saturdays while stating that the revised timing would be applicable to eateries on all days.
The extension of night life was introduced in March by the state government following demands from various groups, along with the owners of hotels, bars and restaurants to relax restrictions in the IT capital where many offices work 24/7.