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B’luru pubs wary of obeying SC order on music

Many musicians, disc jockeys, bouncers, chefs, restaurant staff may lose jobs 

Bengaluru: Owners of pubs and bars in the city are wary that strict implementation of a Supreme Court order by the local police on playing music and other norms needed to obtain a licence may lead to closure of many establishments.

A January apex court order has been put into action by the police here as it was issuing notices to pubs and restaurants that are not following the “Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public Entertainment Order, 2005.”

As some of these pubs and restaurants face closure, professionals like musicians, disc jockeys, bouncers, chefs, restaurant employees may even lose jobs, he noted.

As per law, a ‘licence’ is a must and in order for one to play music live or recorded music in places of public entertainment. Also, the law specifies that to get a licence, the pub owner needs to submit a total of seven documents, which includes an occupancy certificate (OC); an approved building plan from the city authority; a partnership deed; a lease or title deed and a fire safety compliance certificate.

You can’t keep passing so many laws. What’s going to happen to the excise revenues? I want to know who is going to pay off the farm loan waiver. On the one side you are promising Rs 25,000 crore farm loan waiver and on the other you have pressure on excise department to generate Rs 18,000 crore revenue.  Manu Chandra, restaurateur 

Pubs and restaurant owners challenged the order in the apex court, which recently passed an order in favour of the police. Now, the city police has asked pubs and restaurant owners to get permission by submitting all the documents.

Restaurateur Manu Chandra told PTI that according to the directive anybody playing music, irrespective of whether it is loud or soft, would have to seek licence from the police.

“To get a licence, one will need to furnish documents including the sanctioned building plan, occupancy certificate issued by the municipal corporation.”

7 documents mandatory

  • A pub owner needs to submit a total of seven documents, which includes an occupancy certificate (OC); an approved building plan from the city authority; a partnership deed; a lease or title deed and a fire safety compliance certificate.
  • Pub owners failing to produce these documents within the given time frame face action.
  • The then Bengaluru police commissioner had issued a notice in 2005 asking pubs and hotels to get licence to play recorded or live music as loud music was causing nuisance.
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