Pune: PMC Commissioner to Take Action Against Officials for Allowing Illegal Structures at Pubs and Hotels, Followed by Demolitions

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Reported By Sumit Singh And Tikam Shekhawat

Pune, 2nd July 2024: Following recent crackdowns by Pune City Police and the Excise Department, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is now gearing up to hold its officials accountable for allowing illegal structures at clubs and hotels.

Pune Police has already suspended four officials from Shivajinagar Police Station, while the Excise Department has taken action against two officials for not acting against L3 Lounge on FC Road for violating rules. However, the PMC had not initially taken similar steps against its staff.

PMC Commissioner Rajendra Bhosale informed Punekar News that his office is actively reviewing permissions granted to pubs and hotels and plans to take action against those responsible. He emphasized the importance of ensuring accountability and evaluating how permissions were granted before initiating disciplinary measures.

The PMC has already targeted over 100 clubs within its jurisdiction. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has directed authorities to use bulldozers to dismantle illegal constructions at pubs and other establishments.

A senior excise officer highlighted the crucial role of the PMC in processing applications for club permissions, underscoring the scrutiny faced by establishments seeking to operate legally.


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A member of the hotel association expressed concerns, noting that while some club owners are problematic, not all establishments should be penalized unfairly. “Political pressures may be influencing these actions, with establishments bearing the brunt despite their significant contributions to employment and government revenue”, he added.