No late night vada pavs, stalls to shut by 11pm

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: Vada­pav stalls, be­tel shops and all other stalls in the city will have to shut shop by 11pm ac­cord­ing to a re­cent po­lice or­der. The or­der is aimed at curb­ing crimes dur­ing the night.

Su­nil Ba­jare, who took over as the se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion ear­lier this week, has given the in­struc­tions.

The cen­tral lo­ca­tion of Pan­vel has led to ve­hi­cles, state trans­port and pri­vate buses and au­torick­shaws ply­ing day and night in the re­gion. A num­ber of hawk­ers and ven­dors have set up stalls that are open till late in the night.

Pre­vi­ously, shops were al­lowed to be open till 10 pm. The ear­lier limit of 9 pm was ex­tended by an hour last year.

Though the reg­u­lar shops shut down, the Chi­nese food, pani puri, kufi, vada pav out­lets and tea and be­tel shops con­tinue to op­er­ate. Most of th­ese do not have per­mis­sion to op­er­ate even dur­ing the nor­mal work­ing hours.

Th­ese late-night out­lets of­ten at­tract drunk­ards, crim­i­nal and anti-so­cial el­e­ments. There have been re­ports of quar­rels, fights and even thefts and loots around such es­tab­lish­ments.

Ba­jare has sought to curb such in­ci­dents.

“Though it is for the lo­cal self-gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion against those func­tion­ing late in the night, I have asked my per­son­nel to take ac­tion against those run­ning their busi­ness af­ter 11 pm,” said Ba­jare.

The or­der has al­ready been in ef­fect, with sev­eral stalls shut­ting down in time.

THE LATE-NIGHT OUT­LETS OF­TEN AT­TRACT DRUNK­ARDS, CRIM­I­NAL AND AN­TI­SO­CIAL EL­E­MENTS. THE OR­DER AIMS TO CURB CRIME IN THE AREA

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