Pune: PMC Launches Action On Illegal Pubs And Rooftop Hotels After Kalyani Nagar Accident

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Reported by Sumit Singh & Tikam Shekhawat

Pune, 20th May 2024: The accident near the Ballr pub in Kalyani Nagar on Sunday early morning, which resulted in the deaths of two IT engineers including a woman, has prompted swift action from the municipal authorities. Following the incident, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has initiated an inspection of illegal constructions in pubs, hotels, and restaurants. A team has been dispatched to inspect the Ballr pub specifically.

Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Bhosale has mandated that a monthly report on actions taken against unauthorized constructions by the Building Permission Department be submitted to the Standing Committee. This directive is part of a broader effort to address the increasing concerns about safety and legality in the city’s nightlife establishments.

The fatal accident has reignited the debate over the operation of pubs and rooftop hotels in Pune. Residents of Kalyani Nagar have demanded stringent action against pub operators violating municipal regulations.

Many businesses in Pune, including pubs and rooftop hotels, are reportedly operating beyond permissible hours and encroaching on common areas with unauthorized constructions. These practices have led to significant issues, including parking problems and noise pollution, causing a nuisance to local residents. In response to these complaints, the PMC had previously initiated actions against unauthorized rooftop hotels. Out of 89 identified establishments, 76 were issued notices, and action was taken against 53. Six hotel owners have voluntarily removed the illegal constructions, while seven have closed down. However, seven others have obtained stays on the action, and nine are facing legal proceedings under Section 52 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act.

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Despite these efforts, some establishments continue to operate illicitly, prompting the PMC to request further criminal action from the Pune Police. As of now, there has been no follow-up on these requests.

Specific establishments under scrutiny include Texas Tower at Kharadi, Hackers Kitchen and Bar, 7A Restaurant and Bar, Space Factory, 7 Stud Bar and Lounge, Sky High 5 Club, Hotel Tik Tok, Hotel Quarter, and others. The PMC has demanded criminal action against these entities for their continued non-compliance with municipal regulations.


In a review meeting, Municipal Commissioner Bhosale emphasized the importance of addressing unauthorized constructions. He instructed that the process begins with issuing notices and stressed the necessity of submitting monthly reports on the actions taken. Bhosale also warned that officials who fail to follow proper procedures will face disciplinary action.