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Parties urge govt to crack whip on illegal hookah parlours

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Leaders cutting across party lines have demanded a crackdown on illegal parlours in the city after a deadly fire in an upscale pub claimed 14 lives last month.

The demand comes after a report of the fire department stated that flying embers from an illegal being served at Mojo's Bistro was the probable cause of the deadly blaze, which claimed 14 lives on December 29 at '1 Above' pub in the Kamala Mills compound here.

Notably, had Police Commissioner on December 27 and urged to crack the on such parlours, while terming them as "dens" of which are encouraging crime among youngsters.

The said yesterday he will soon convene a joint meeting with and the police commissioner and urge them to chalk out a plan to strictly regulate the parlours, which were no less than "fire traps" and "hubs".

has also launched a campaign from today seeking a ban on hookah parlours in

"Starting hookah free campaign all over Mumbai from Tom! Hopeless @MCGM_BMC wont do anything abt it.. To save our Mumbai from the smoke..let's come together! #KamalaMillsFire (sic)," Rane tweeted yesterday.

alleged that some hookah parlours were running in violation of norms.

"I raised the issue of hookah parlours two years back and submitted our demand to the to crack the on those involved in the brazen violation of rules. Now not a single hookah parlour in the city is following the stipulated rules and time has come to ban all such outlets," he said.

He suggested the should form a separate cell to deal with such outlets, the way it handles the issue of

Kamboj claimed court guidelines stipulate that 30 per cent of an eatery can be earmarked as a zone.

But, he alleged, that the eateries were conveniently converting their entire space into hookah bars.

In 2014, the struck down a ban imposed by the on hookah parlours in places such as restaurants and hotels where is otherwise legally permitted.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 16:45 IST