The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Thursday sealed six pubs in the city for flouting various norms. All of them were popular hangout spots, located in the city's Jubilee Hills area.
Taking to Twitter, GHMC Additional Commissioner Musharraf Ali Faruqui said that the six pubs; Farzi Cafe, Juri Cafe and Bar, La Vantage Cafe Bar, Zehn on 10, TOT and Absorb, were closed for various reasons from having unauthorised constructions, illegal stuctures, invalid trade licenses, no parking spaces and non-compliance of safety norms.
Drive by #TeamGHMC over Unauthorised pubsâ€” Musharraf Ali Faruqui (@musharraf_ias) August 1, 2019
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Unauthorised Constructions /Illegal Stuctures /Invalid Trade license /No parking /Non compliance with safety norms@KTRTRS @arvindkumar_ias @CommissionrGHMC pic.twitter.com/qAizUUah0t
The move came as part of an ongoing drive by the municipal body to inspect various pubs in the city.
In March, the municipal body sealed three pubs on Road Number 45 of Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad and served notices to several others for various violations. The charges included illegal parking, tax evasion, absence of trade license and fire safety, and operation of pubs in residential areas.
At the time, the GHMC had closed a few famous pubs in the city, including Fat Pigeon, Dock 45 and Fusion 9, and certified them illegal. Two others, Heart Cup Coffee and United Kitchens of India, were served notices for illegal parking spaces.
Toll Gate, another popular restaurant, also came under the scanner for not possessing a trade and food license. It was also found to have deviated from the layout plan by constructing a wall and encroaching on an adjoining piece of land.
The GHMC is conducting audits in three phases. Officials had earlier said that in the first phase pubs, bars and restaurants would be checked, while hospitals would be checked in the second phase. The third phase would see officials checking schools.
A parallel drive is also underway against hoardings, as last month, over 20,000 illegal hoardings were removed from buildings in Maitrivanam, Ameerpet and SR Nagar, which are notorious for cramped coaching centres and other commercial establishments.