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Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016: Chandigarh frames draft policy, discos to be closed by midnight

As per the new policy, city discotheques, pool game/ virtual reality game/game machine parlours, bowling alleys shall be operational till 12 midnight and no guests or customers below the age of 25 years shall be served liquor.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: December 22, 2015 4:32:22 am
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AFTER REPEATED directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chandigarh Administration has finally come up with a draft policy, “Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016”, to have a check on the increase in cases of law and order problem during the night outside discotheques and bars.

As per the new policy, city discotheques, pool game/ virtual reality game/game machine parlours, bowling alleys shall be operational till 12 midnight and no guests or customers below the age of 25 years shall be served liquor.

There are a total of 73 bars and 10 bar-cum-dicos in Chandigarh which as of now are allowed to remain open till 1 am on weekdays and till 2 am on weekends.

The Chandigarh Administration, on Monday, submitted the draft policy in the high court with the assurance that the policy would come into effect after notification in February next year. Justice Rajan Gupta was hearing a case pertaining to the shootout outside the Score Disco in Sector 8 on the intervening night of June 1 and 2.

The new policy makes it clear that the nodal office may refuse issuance of fresh permission certificate or revoke the existing permission certificate for operation of business in public amusement places, irrespective of the facts that the organiser has obtained requisite permission from all the respective departments.

The draft policy has fixed 20 responsibilities of the business organisers which include ensuring photo identity cards are worn by staff members during duty, CCTV cameras are installed at the entry/exit points and at prominent places, maintenance of records of daily sale of tickets/passes and deployment of male and female bouncers duly verified by the police. The other responsibilities fixed for the business organisers are display of contact number of taxi cab operators, area SHO concerned and other emergency numbers; proper arrangement of electricity with power back-up facility for entire premises, service and consumption of liquor in other than the demarcated area shall be treated as ‘drinking in public place’, entry of the customers shall not exceed the limit, and provision of a separate smoking area with appropriate ventilation.

The management of public amusement places should also ensure that no guest/customer/staff shall carry any kind of arms and ammunition even if one holds a valid licence for carrying the same or any other weapon/substance which may cause injury to any individual.
However, the duty police and paramilitary persons deputed for the purpose are exempted. The managements are liable to make arrangement for appropriate parking space.

The new policy also makes it clear that no suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any public servant or any other acting in good faith or intended to be done in pursuance of the provisions of this policy.

It is the duty of the monitoring committee, headed by the SDMs concerned, to see whether the places of public amusement are following the policy guidelines.

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