New Delhi: The Chandigarh administration has curtailed the timings of pubs and bars in the city from 2 am earlier to midnight.
According to a report in the Times of India, the new policy of "Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016," which came into effect from April 01, a nodal committee with deputy commissioner as chairman and municipal corporation (MC) commissioner, Chandigarh police SSP, director, health services and excise and taxation commissioner as members, have the power to refuse renewal of permission for business operation.
In a move to prevent 'indecency', the new policy also bans 'scantily dressed women' at such places.
According to the new policy, the city administration has right to ban such places which indulge in 'exhibition or advertisement of 'scantily dressed women' and 'indecency' or are seditious. However, the policy does not clarify the 'scantily dressed women'.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had asked Chandigarh administration to formulate a policy for regulating the city bars, restaurants and discotheques after several cases of violence and brawls bu guests outside such places.