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Pune: Now, city hotels can serve liquor, food till 1.30 am

Earlier, hotels in the city police jurisdiction were allowed to serve food and liquor only till 11 pm.

By: Express New Service | Pune |
August 13, 2016 12:31:32 am
pune, pune restaurants open till 1.30, pune restaurants closing time extended, pune food and drinks, pune nightlife, pune news The Pune city police issued a press release on Friday stating that as per the government notification dated August 1, 2016, there is no objection in serving food products and liquor in hotel establishments located in the jurisdiction of Pune police up to 1.30 am.

THE STATE government has issued a notification saying that hotels in the jurisdiction of Pune police commissionerate can now serve food and liquor till 1.30 am.

The Pune city police issued a press release on Friday stating that as per the government notification dated August 1, 2016, there is no objection in serving food products and liquor in hotel establishments located in the jurisdiction of Pune police up to 1.30 am. It also stated that it should shut operations at 1.30 am. Earlier, the hotels in the city police jurisdiction were allowed to operate and serve food and liquor till 11 pm.

Hotels in jurisdictions of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane police commissionerates already have permissions to operate and serve food and liquor till 1.30 am. Now, the government has taken a decision to allow similar timings for hotels in the jurisdiction of Pune and Nagpur police commissionerate.

Meanwhile, the notification mentions that hotels in the jurisdictions of Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati and Solapur police commissionerates would be allowed to serve food and liquor till 11.30 pm and should close at 12.30 am. For hotels in the rest of Maharashtra, food and liquor can be served till 10 pm and their operations should close at 11.30 pm.

Ganesh Shetty, president of Pune Restaurant and Hotel Association welcomed the decision stating that it would lead to an increase of at least 10 per cent in overall business. “We have been demanding an extension in the working hours for many years now. This government has finally taken a decision which is in favour of our business. In the last few years, we have seen a change in clientele and their preferences. These days we see a lot of crowd from the IT industry and allied companies where people work till late hours and want to have a late dinner. There is also an increase in young patrons who want to stay out till late. Until now, the deadline was 12.30 am and we had to ensure that we take the last order at 11.30pm. Many customers who used to come in at that time would get irked if we said whatever they order is final. But we couldn’t help it, as we risked harassment by police for not closing down on time. Now, this situation can be averted,” said Shetty.

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