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Bengaluru: Police nod among 15+ conditions for hotels to run 24×7



BENGALURU: Many hotels and restaurants in the city are ready to operate through the night. But despite getting the green light from labour department over a year ago, the main obstacle seems to be securing police permission.

Labour commissioner Akram Pasha said his office will issue an online licence to all shops registered under Karnataka Shops and Establishments Act, 1961 to operate 24 hours a day. “The licences will be issued first but they can only be utilised when the hotel fulfils all the conditions required for its application. Getting police nod is one of them. There are over 15 such conditions,” Pasha told TOI.

The officer added that permission is also needed from the excise department, the procedure of which is yet to be decided. The responsibility to do so is with the cops, officials said. While police commissioner Pratap Reddy was not available for comment, other top police officials said a detailed meeting is yet to be convened and a decision will be taken after that.

Hoteliers have been told by the police brass that they are short on manpower and not sure about being able to provide enough security at night.

Some DCPs said they are not in the know of a recent meeting between hotels and other hospitality establishments with some departments on remaining open 24×7.

Mukesh Tolani, head of the Bengaluru chapter of National Restaurant Association of India and co-proprietor of Toit, said alcohol-serving restaurants haven’t received any communication about being allowed to operate post 1am. “Timings of restaurants serving liquor are decided by the excise department and police. We have not been told of any change or the possibility of it,” he said.

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