Pune : In the last month, 26 illegal rooftop hotels and bars have received notices from the Pune district collector’s committee for violating the law. The civic body is currently working to find a long-term solution to deal with illegal structures that continue to exist even after action is taken.
These rooftop hotels and bars are primarily found in the Keshavnagar, Lohegaon, Kharadi, Baner, Balewadi, Koregaon Park, and Mundhwa areas, according to officials, even though the commissioner did not reveal the names.
Vikram Kumar, the commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), had asked district collector Rajesh Deshmukh earlier this year to revoke the liquor licenses of unlicensed rooftop hotels and mandate that establishments of bars and hotels obtain a NOC from the PMC.
Deshmukh then nominated a committee, which from October 20 to November 16 delivered notices to 26 rooftop hotels and bars.
PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar stated that have sent the district collector a list of illegal rooftop hotels and bars and requested to cancel their licenses.
Kumar further stated that Ajit Pawar, the Deputy Chief Minister, had issued an order taking strict measures against rooftop bars and hotels in the city.
For the past year, PMC has been aggressively tackling the problem of illicit rooftop bars and hotels. One persistent issue, though, is that these hotels frequently carry on with business as usual after the PMC has finished its operations.
Furthermore, questions have been raised concerning accountability in the event of mishaps or accidents at rooftop hotels.
In response, joint initiatives between the city, police, and collector are in progress to jointly address and resolve the issues related to rooftop hotels in the city.