Now Excise Department Takes Action Against Elrow and Unicorn Clubs After Pune Police and PMC Intervention

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Sumit Singh

Kalyani Nagar, 15th April 2024: The State Excise Department has initiated action against Elrow and Unicorn clubs following pressure from the Pune Police and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Show cause notices have been issued to both establishments, with a deadline of seven days to respond.

Charan Singh Rajput, Pune Excise Superintendent, told Punekar News, “We have issued show cause notices to Elrow and Unicorn clubs. They have seven days to respond. We will take further action based on their replies.”

The Pune Police had previously written to the PMC and Excise Department in August 2023, urging the cancellation of licenses for Unicorn House and Elrow Club in Kalyani Nagar. Despite numerous complaints and cases, these clubs continued operations, accumulating over 35 complaints and five FIRs for violations. Sources indicate that the police intervened over 100 times after receiving complaints against these establishments. Now Pune police again have appealed to the District Collector to suspend the licenses of these pubs for repeated violations of rules.

“There has been a concept of ‘After Party’ operating around 6 am, directing people to Ishanya Mall in Yerwada, which is owned by the same proprietor. These venues fall under the same police station jurisdiction,” a source revealed.

In March 2024, Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar emphasized strict adherence to closing deadlines for clubs. “The 1:30 am deadline for serving alcohol is ample. All club owners must adhere to the strict rules, closing their establishments at 1:30 am, plus a 15- to 20-minute buffer time. Strict action will be taken against violators,” Commissioner Kumar stated.

Former District Collector Pune, Rajesh Deshmukh, had previously revoked licenses during Dry Days. However, the current District Collector Suhas Divase clarified that no licenses have been canceled under his tenure but assured strong action against violators.

PMC Executive Engineer Ajit Surve disclosed, “PMC has taken action against these clubs four times, with two instances in 2022, one in 2023, and one in 2024.”

Members of Team Swachh Kalyani Nagar (TSKN) welcomed the recent actions but urged sustained efforts. “Residents applaud the recent actions against Elrow and Unicorn for their flagrant disregard of noise pollution rules. However, it’s imperative that the Collector and Excise Department provide a lasting solution to this persistent problem,” a spokesperson remarked.

Residents of Kalyani Nagar echoed similar sentiments, expressing frustration over the disruptions caused by the clubs. “These clubs have consistently disrupted our peace and quiet, operating well beyond allowed hours and disturbing our neighborhood. It’s high time the authorities take permanent action to address this nuisance,” a resident emphasized.


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