Despite being called the pub city of India, Bangalore?s nightlife this far ? to say the least - has been often resulting in people binge drinking and risking riding or driving back home due to shortage of transport options. However, after months of contemplation, the government announced that from March 8 onwards, people in the pub city can party till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
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?It was bound to happen,? says Paget Gomes, a Bangalorean who travels to other cities in India and the world and has experienced ?wild partying till the sun comes up? in other places. ?How long could the city carry on this ?conditional-cosmopolitan? tag?? Gomes said.
Establishments rejoiced the new order but only a few of them remained open till 1am on the weekend that just went by. An owner of an establishment, on the condition of anonymity said, ?It?s a pre-election eyewash. I cannot afford to add more staff just to accommodate a government?s political agenda. They have said it?s for three months. We?d rather wait and watch.?
The government has instructed the police to keep a close watch on how Bangaloreans are taking this new found liberty and if establishments are respecting the 1am deadline. Based on feedback received from the police, the government will decide if the deadline extension will be implemented on weekdays also and if it will continue after the three month observation period.
Geetha K, a homemaker didn?t seem impressed by the decision and said that the step would only encourage ?alcoholism? and ?waywardness?.
Solomon T, who heads sales and business development for a city-based IT services company said, ?It?s a good decision. But it shouldn?t be only about allowing pubs and bars to remain open till 1am. There should be more public transport options and strict guidelines to ensure people are not overcharged by auto drivers. Also, cab services should offer reduced rates to discourage drunken driving. A good nightlife only means good things for the city as it will attract a global crowd, potential investors and tourism in a bigger-better way.?
So, drink responsibly Bangaloreans and let?s hope we can party as hard as we work!