Pune Eateries Seek Clarification on Early Closures, Urge Dialogue with Police Commissioner

Hoteliers and restaurateurs in Pune, represented by the United Hospitality Association (UHA), are seeking resolution from the Police Commissioner regarding recent orders enforcing stringent rules for city establishments. The primary point of contention is the 1.30 am bar closure deadline, with members of the UHA expressing dissatisfaction and highlighting incidents of perceived police harassment in prominent areas such as FC Road, Baner, Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Kothrud, and Karve Nagar.

Ganesh Shetty, President of the Pune Restaurants and Hoteliers Association, acknowledged their adherence to the regulations set by the Pune Police Commissioner but emphasized the need for consideration regarding the time required for staff to conclude operations after the 1:30 am deadline. Shetty stated, “These issues, along with reports of premature shutdowns by some officers, need to be discussed with the Police Commissioner, for which we have requested a meeting.”

Members of the UHA allege that despite the designated 1.30 am closing time for bars, police authorities often instruct establishments in key areas to close as early as 11 pm. Additionally, concerns were raised about the absence of formal directives specifying closing hours for eateries that do not serve alcohol.

In response, another hotel owners association plans to seek clarification from Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar on the closing times for restaurants that do not sell alcohol. As the Pune police commissionerate oversees over 1,200 permit rooms, more than 10,000 family restaurants, and hotels, the absence of clear circulars or guidelines for establishments like small hotels, snack centers, Chinese food eateries, and family restaurants has led to confusion.

The UHA and other hospitality associations are hopeful that a dialogue with the Police Commissioner will provide clarification on operating hours and address concerns related to the perceived harassment and premature closures reported by members.

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