Almost 60 illegal city rooftop pubs might shut down

Bengaluru: Officials of Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services will be writing to Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCoM) to halt power and water supply to all the roof-top pubs, bars and eateries in high-rise buildings in the city which have flouted fire safety norms.

They will also write to BBMP to cancel Occupancy Certificates and other permissions given by it to such buildings.

Following a fire accident in Mumbai Kamala Mills compound on December 28, 2017, the fire department cracked a whip on various roof-top pubs, bars and eateries across the city.

“There are more than 50 such high-rise buildings in the city. If they implement the safety norms within the stipulated time, then they will be allowed to function,” said M N Reddi, Director General of Police, Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services.

During their inspection on December 30, the department slapped notices on 83 such establishments for violating fire safety norms.

With the notice period set to expire next week, Reddi said that he would write to civic agencies to cut off water and power supply besides other sanctions given by BWSSB.

Most of these illegal high-rises are located in Indiranagar and Koramangala. The officials of BWSSB, BESCOM were unavailable for comments regarding this despite calls.

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