Ahead of New Year’s eve, the Karnataka government has imposed curfew at 6 pm restricting celebrations ahead of new year. While the Telangana government has allowed bars to open till 1 am in Telangana amid strict vigilance on the New Year.
The Karnataka government has banned gathering of five or more people and celebration on New Year is strictly prohibited on roads. Any form of gatherings in public places, main roads, open areas for the purpose of any celebrations for New Year is strictly prohibited.
The Telangana government on the other hand is focussing on increasing revenue, besides the ban on new year celebrations. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar issued orders permitting to open wine shops till midnight 12 and the bars till 1 am across the state on the eve of new year celebrations on the request of the Director of the excise department Sarfaraj Ahmed.
However the Telangana Director General of Police-DGP, Mahender Reddy said New Year celebrations were not allowed in the state. Drunken Drive inspections will be carried out at every step within the three commissionerates on December 31 in Hyderabad.
Telangana government has closed all flyovers in Hyderabad on December 31 from 11 pm to 5 am. Heavy fines on drunken driving is also put in place.
Meanwhile, in Karnataka, hotel, mall, restaurant, club, pub, club house or any similar type of establishment holding New Year’s celebration shall not organize any events.
However, they may carry out their regular business activity, including music within permissible decibels, following Covid-19 protocol. It has also prohibited that no waiting crowd is allowed to form outside their premises.
The state government has also taken note on traffic regulations maintaining that any violation on New Year would be followed strictly.
Tamil Nadu Imposes Curbs
Tamil Nadu government has also banned any celebrations on the eve of welcoming 2021 in Chennai and other main cities and towns across the state as the lockdown is in effect.
“Celebrations in all star hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs and private resorts will have to be closed by 10 pm on Thursday. All eateries also will have to shut by 10 pm,” said a statement from the Chennai police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal.
“More than 10,000 policemen will be involved in providing security and also preventing people from coming to Maria. These policemen will be responsible to close the eateries, hotels and pubs by 10 pm,” said the statement.
The police department has also taken a decision to close all over bridges within the city for traffic. “Since Thursday morning onwards, police have set up check posts in more than 300 places across the city. The police has warned that hotels, resorts and pubs which violate the police order, action will be taken strictly,” said a senior police official.
(With inputs from Revathi Rajeevan in Chennai, PV Ramana Kumar in Hyderabad and V Gokularaman from Chennai)