Nagpur: After the Commissioner of Police, Amitesh Kumar, announced that he will be framing guidelines for the “nightlife” in the Second Capital of the State, this bid has raised concerns among owners. Speaking to Nagpur Today, hotel owners have expressed concern about the need for balance in the new guidelines for nightlife in the city.
“Like life, there are good people who venture out partying, and some are bad, but that doesn’t mean everyone should suffer the consequences. Being subjected to hectic work throughout the day, everyone gets time at night for outings. So, if CP Amitesh Kumar imposes any restrictions on the timing of pubs and lounges, the owners will suffer adversely, given that late-night transactions are the only means to cover our expenses,” said Wasim Shaikh, Manager of Food and Drinks at De Martini.
Devyani Wadettiwar, Director of Dabo, said, “The nightlife in the Second Capital of the State is just starting to spread its wings; however, rigorous restrictions might cripple it. So there’s a need to establish a proper middle ground for both businesses to thrive, and law and order to be maintained in the city. Nagpur is growing, and so is our nightlife!”
Tejinder Singh Renu, President of Nagpur Hotel, said, “It may sound ironic that CP Kumar is framing guidelines for nightlife in Nagpur, but de facto, there’s no nightlife in Nagpur, as per our youth who have migrated to metropolitan cities. We need to understand that with changes in work, preferences of outings also change. IT professionals are the ones who thrive on nightlife for partying. If we don’t provide these avenues of entertainment to our youth, they will not hesitate to leave the city again. Currency circulation can only benefit our city and ultimately our economy,” he said. Referring to the recent controversies revolving around nightclubs, he added, “Just because there are road accidents, we don’t ban vehicles from the road!”
Saheb Singh, Director of Airport Centre Point and Bablu Da Dabha 2.0, expressed confidence that CP Amitesh Kumar will definitely form a blueprint suitable for both hoteliers and cops. Singh has also suggested that having someone from management at the entry level to look after people who are entering the premises can eliminate the chance of a tussle inside the establishment.
– Shubham Nagdeve