Pune: City-based owners of hotels and restaurants have called the decision of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) to ban rooftop restaurants in its jurisdiction as ‘hasty.’ Following the recent fire incident at Kamala Mills in Mumbai, which claimed 14 lives, PMRDA chief Kiran Gitte said that no rooftop restaurant will be allowed under the jurisdiction of PMRDA.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Ganesh Shetty, President of Pune Hoteliers Association, said that rooftop restaurants are functional all over the world and the decision taken by PMRDA will hamper business of the hotel industry. “Pune has very pleasant weather and people love to relax at rooftop restaurants and that is why they are functional. If we have to promote business and tourism, we must allow such restaurants,” added Shetty.
Speaking about the Kamala Mills fire incident, Shetty said that it was a case of negligence. “Why should a single incident in Mumbai trigger such a ban in Pune? The need of the hour is to take adequate precaution at such places rather placing a ban,” added Shetty. Another city-based hotelier Sandip Agarwal said that the ban by PMRDA is a case of hasty generalisation.
“Kamala Mills was a single incident in Mumbai. We should check out what is legal and what is illegal, rather than place a complete ban,” added Agarwal.
However, PMRDA Chief Kiran Gitte told Sakal Times that the ban will continue to be in place. “We have ample space available in Pune metropolitan region, then why build rooftop restaurants? Such restaurants may be fine in a place where the city is congested but certainly not when you have ample space available,” added Gitte, who said that two rooftop restaurants in PMR region have been sent notices by PMRDA.