BENGALURU: Like every year, revellers in the city will have till 1 am from December 24 to January 1 to let their hair down in bars and pubs, with the city police granting permission.
The city police, along with various other organisations, have also launched an awareness drives to ensure that revellers ‘Respect the Road’ and are not involved in accidents.
Police Commissioner N S Megharikh granted permission under Section 31(w) of Karnataka Police Act, 1963, to keep hotels, eateries, bars/restaurants and recreational clubs open till 1 am for a week.
However, the managements of the establishments will have to obtain the required permission from the Excise Department.
However, retail outlets with CL-2 licences, where liquor can be bought but not consumed, will not be covered under the order.
Even though the establishments can remain open, playing music will be allowed only till the said period only on the intervening nights of December 24 and 25, and December 31 and January 1.
While allowing revellers to make merry, Bengaluru Traffic Police have collaborated with an initiative called ‘Respect the Road Pub Crawl’. The initiative taken up by SAB Miller India, is aimed at creating awareness about responsible driving among the public.
It was launched at a pub in Indiranagar on Wednesday, where volunteers visited pubs in the locality and educated people against drunk driving.
Availability of cab services to ferry people home or even apps to book a chauffeur for one’s car in case the person is not in a state to drive, was also highlighted.