Hyderabad: Owners of City bars, restaurants and pubs, who had upped their ante on Friday at the police commissioner’s directive holding them responsible for people hauled up in streets for drinking more than the permissible limit, have surrendered to police decision.
In a meeting convened by the Commissioner AK Khan yesterday, owners have reportedly assured the commissioner that they would comply with the conditions of the police department. However, they still carp at clauses like procurement of breath analysers, dropping facility for drunken individuals.
GV Krishnaiah, AP Hotels Association President
We welcome the steps being taken up by AK Khan for road safety and curbing drunken driving. I think bars and pubs should ensure the safety of customers and only financiallly well off individuals should visit these places. But, rules like usage of breathalysers that are expensive for bars should be removed.
Pradeep Dutt, Secretary, Hyderabad Star Hotels Association.
We will extend our cooperation in their endeavour to prevent accidents and drunken driving. Majority of the rules are devised to keep a check on small and medium level bars and restaurants and not star hotels. But we still object to rules like cancellation of licenses.