Maharashtra Assembly passes Dance Bar Bill

Maharashtra Assembly passes Dance Bar Bill

Owners or operators face up to five years in jail and fines of up to Rs 25,000 for violations.

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The Bill also bans running bars in the residential buildings and permits them in semi-residential ones only if the three-fourths residents consent.

The Legislative Assembly Tuesday unanimously passed the dance bar regulation bill, which has provisions for stringent action against the violators. The bill was passed in the Legislative Council on Monday. The government said the provisions would be enforced immediately.


Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde tabled the bill in the House and was adopted without any debate. The new legislation has made it mandatory for the dance bar operators to enforce stringent norms and violations would invite punishment of jail terms up to five years and fine up to Rs 25,000, or both.

The dance bars should be at least a kilometre away from any education or religious institution, and they should operate between 6 pm and 11.30 pm.