New Delhi, May 21: Restobars in Delhi have come under the Delhi government’s scanner with the latter putting a stop on playing any kind of recorded music after residents of the uber posh colonies in the national capital, such as Khan Market, Defence Colony and Rajouri Garden among others. The Delhi government has called for total termination of the recorded music being played at restaurants that serve alcohol citing noise pollution to be the main reason.
Moreover, the excise department officials said that playing of recorded music required a special license which was not being held by several restobars. Delhi excise commissioner Amjad Tak said that the L-17 licence which was only applicable for restaurants that served food and alcohol, only allowed live singing and hence such restaurants must follow this rule. Tak added that as per the rule 53 (4) of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, the L-17 licence is issued by the excise department to restaurants that serve alcohol to their customers. He further said that playing recorded music violated the above rule and restaurants very well knew about this rule.
However, the playing of live music rule isn’t applicable to restaurants that do not serve alcohol. Tak did not give away or cite any facts that stated the negative effects of recorded music. Reacting on the statement issued by the Delhi government, restaurateurs said that it wasn’t easy for any restaurant to arrange live bands on an everyday basis and neither would the all the customers be ready to pay for it. According to Tak, live music is softer Meanwhile, the National Restaurants Association of India has said it will give its final statement once it carries out meetings regarding this very issue.
The Delhi government will carry out inspections across the city so as to check this problem and fix this at the earliest.