CALANGUTE: In a coordinated effort, Goa government authorities, including the Mamlatdar, Pollution Control Board, and Police, have closed down 11 nightclubs operating illegally.
The move comes in response to a stern warning from the Chief Minister, highlighting the government’s commitment to maintaining order and upholding regulations.
It may be recalled that last week the Bench High Court of Bombay at Goa had asked the State government to take action against the illegal clubs operating in the State.
The Nightclubs that were sealed are:
1. Norms Pub; 2. Shield/Next Level; 3. Mehfil; 4. Devils Club; 5. Three Kings; 6. 39 Steps; 7. Posh Nosh; 8. Black Heart; 9. Tropical 24*7; 10. Codda; 11. Plantation Leaf Rest.
The sealing operation commenced at 10:00, following the issuance of Order No. 1/25/23-DCB/Tech/2069 dated 21/12/23 by the Members Secretary of the Goa State Pollution Control Board in Panjim. This order specifically addressed the illegal operation of the aforementioned nightclubs, prompting the joint action by authorities to enforce the closure.
The closure was carried out under the legal authority of Order No. 1/25/23-DCB/Tech/2069, reinforcing the commitment of the government to maintain order and uphold regulations.
An officer speaking on condition of anonymity said the closure underscores the government’s dedication to ensuring public safety and adherence to regulations, particularly in the entertainment sector.
The crackdown serves as a stern reminder to establishments engaging in illegal activities, reinforcing the consequences of non-compliance, he said.
The closure of these nightclubs signals a strong stance against illegal operations, setting a precedent for future enforcement actions.
Authorities emphasize the importance of compliance with regulations to maintain the well-being of the community and uphold the state’s standards.
Local residents and businesses have expressed relief and support for the government’s actions, emphasizing the need to maintain the integrity of the community and protect its residents from potentially harmful activities associated with illegal nightlife operations.
This closure marks a significant step in the ongoing efforts to regulate and monitor entertainment establishments, reflecting the government’s commitment to ensuring a safe and lawful environment for all residents and visitors in Calangute, Bardez-Goa.