The state government will bring a legislation to incorporate all aspects which were missing when it came into being in 2006-2008 to enforce the ban on dance bars in Maharashtra. In the wake of a court order on issue of licences to dance bars, several guidelines will be ensured including installation of CCTV.
Dance bar operators would have to provide live CCTV feed to the nearest police station to keep an eye on activities at the dance bar.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said, “We are not in favour of dance bars.” However, the state has made it mandatory for dance bar operators to comply with all 18 guidelines. The chief minister said, “So far, all the 34 requests for new licences have been rejected as none of them fulfilled the parameters.”
The primary objective of the guidelines is to provide security and avoid exploitation of dancers. Every bar will have to maintain a certain distance between the stage where dancers perform and the customers. There is a ban on dragging the dancers on the floor and hurling of money. To make the legislation ensure it stands legally, the government will incorporate more regulations and seek a consensus of all political parties to ensure its passage.