The hassles of acquiring licences and the red-tapism involved was a huge dampener for hoteliers organising parties in the city, who grumbled of making just 50 per cent business on New Year’s Eve as compared to the past year.
Hoteliers alleged that the news of video shooting of parties and various conditions set to acquire a licence left them helpless. Additionally, owing to the problems of licences, they weren’t given sufficient time to promote their parties, resulting in fewer footfalls.
“This New Year’s eve was very dull as few preferred to step out and party at commercial establishments. The total amount that we have made this year is barely 50 per cent of what we made last year. We were unable to promote our events and hence, our business was affected,” said Kamlesh Barot, director of Vie Hospitality.
Another hotelier said that the strict security arrangements by the police were another dampener.
“The fear of being caught by the police made several people choose staying at home and celebrating at house parties. Additionally, the fear of officials from the excise department carrying out raids was another reason for the low spirits of citizens.”
An avid partygoer from Khar said, “It is better to stay at home rather than partying. We cancelled our plans last minute after we heard of the strict security measures.”
Raid at Dahisar bar
Officials from the excise department raided an orchestra bar in Dahisar on Monday where they seized illegal liquor. “We seized liquor bottles from the bar which was from Chandigarh, Haryana,” said Shamit Bhosale, excise inspector, Dahisar division.