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Round-the-week nightlife: Cheers Bangaloreans!


Round-the-week nightlife: Cheers Bangaloreans!
It is official the nightlife extension from 11 pm to 1 am during weekends, which was introduced on a experimental basis for a period of three months, is going to be a permanent, week-long affair. This was formally decided in a meeting chaired by the home minister K J George and attended by the police brass at Vidhana Soudha on Tuesday. 

Police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar gave a report stating that the city police do not have any objections to it. The government is expected to issue an order extending nightlife for all days of the week. The earlier notification issued extending night life during weekends will expire on June 8. 

Auradkar told Bangalore Mirror: "The government has asked our opinion on extending the nightlife. As of now we don't have any reason to say no. We are ready to make necessary arrangements for the extension of nightlife and control untoward incidents." 

Soon after the meeting, Auradkar lost no time and began efforts to prepare his force for the fait accompli. He chaired a meeting of zonal deputy commissioners and briefed them about the government's proposed move. 

According to sources, Auradkar asked DCPs of all the seven divisions to bring statistics and case details of crimes that have taken place in bars, restaurants and other places where liquor is served. A senior officer said, ''Most fights that have taken place are among friends or some groups within the area. These kinds of crimes have been reported even before the nightlife time was extended during weekends. So, we have not faced any major problem.'' 

The Excise department officials have also given their positive opinion on extending the nightlife timing. But the police department has also pointed out that it is short staffed and fresh recruitments are necessary. 

It is the traffic police who seem to be facing the biggest problem, as they have to work till midnight all through the week. 

''We are conducting the anti-drunken driving special drives during weekends till 2 am. If nightlife is extended for all seven days, it will be a huge burden on traffic police. Usually in the week days, there will be skeletal staff which includes a sub-inspector and two or three lower rank staff to attend the emergency calls. Now we will have to deploy more staff on the road. This will add work pressure,'' said a senior police officer. 

Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic), B Dayananda said, "The sanctioned strength of traffic police is 3,500, of which 839 are vacant." The government had sanctioned Rs five crore to the police department to purchase patrolling vehicles, under which the Bangalore police procured 68 four wheelers.