In most cases, they emit noise above the permitted threshold. Every Friday and Saturday, raids take place in nightclubs. The owners of the boxes that do not comply with the regulations is liable to a fine of Rs 50,000. However, even after being fined, some continue to ignore regulations. They thus run the risk of having their license revoked.
The authorities will multiply surprise visits
Before long, several nightclubs and private clubs may have a surprise visit from police officers of the Environment, Tourism Authority (TA) and the Ministry of Health. New guidelines have been issued and nightclubs as well as private clubs must follow.
These guidelines focus on the delineation of locations in designated tourist areas, shopping malls, commercial complexes, business areas, residential areas and places of worship. Thus, 400 meters to the nightclubs and 200 meters for private clubs should be respected. They also concern the care facilities, parking areas, control rooms, CCTV, security measures and services of security officers who are authorized to operate.
Ventilation and lighting must also be appropriate to say that the decibel level must be reasonable. But is disappointing on the field: many people pay Rs 8000 for local authorities to operate a private club when they actually run a nightclub.
For proof, these places remain open until the wee hours of the morning, playing music loudly and also sell alcohol.
The license to operate a nightclub costs Rs 50,000 and it can stay open until 3am. Private clubs, bars and restaurants are governed by different regulations.