The Palike has asked these establishments to voluntarily suspend their rooftop operations within 7 days and if they fail to do so, it would close them down.

Illegal rooftop pubs restaurants in Bengaluru have stopped operations says BBMP
news News Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 09:25

Bengaluru’s civic agency BBMP has claimed that several illegal pubs, restaurants and bars that were operating in the city without trade licences, have ceased operations, as per a report in The Times of India.  

The Palike has asked these establishments to voluntarily suspend their rooftop operations within seven days and if they fail to do so, it would close them down. 

MN Lokesh, chief health officer, BBMP told ToI that notices have been issued to 135 establishments so far. 

Many of the establishments that were served notices come under the east zone in areas like Indiranagar and MG Road, the report says. 

While no commercial activity or construction is allowed on rooftops, civic officials said that many pubs and bars in the city had obtained trade licences to operate exclusively out of rooftops. 

There are other establishments which operate from one or two floors of a building and have later extended their operations to rooftops. 

Saying that a majority of the violators had suspended their rooftop activities, Dr Siddappaji, east zone health officer, told ToI, "We had issued 64 notices, and 60%-70% of them have complied with the order.” 

Earlier, the BBMP had issued notices to rooftop bars and restaurants for causing noise pollution and violating fire safety norms. 

Following this, two of the pubs approached the Karnataka High court over fears that they would be shut down.

The High court then directed the BBMP to hear the pleas of the affected establishments on January 16. 

It also directed that fire safety measures be checked in these establishments.

Accordingly, the fire and emergency services department issued notices to 70 establishments to comply with safety rules within 15 days, the report states. 

After the deadline ended on Tuesday, fire officials will now re-inspect 70 pubs, bars and restaurants located in high-rises and will submit a report after the inspection. 

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