Permission Not Granted for Boat Parties in Mumbai on New Year’s Eve
Taking a view of the Bangalore blast and the terror alerts issued by various intelligence agencies, Mumbai police have decided to ban the New Year parties on cruise ships, yachts and boats.
“We have not given permission for any party in the sea,” said DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni. This is the third time police in banning boat parties. They banned the parties in 2008 and in 2009 earlier. Last year, the Mumbai Police gave permission for parties, provided they got prior sanction from the Excise Department.
The Mumbai Police had constantly refused to give permission to cruise parties after the terrorist attack in 2008, when 10 Pakistani gunmen had entered Mumbai through the sea and killed 166 people. The home department of the state had instructed the police to reject the applications for parties on boats citing the security reasons.
“After the 2008 terror attack, we were given strict orders to monitor all parties held on boats and cruise ships. If the organizers wished to get alcohol on board, we were told to deny them the licence. If some partygoer falls into the water in an inebriated condition, who will take responsibility for the accident,” said inspector S Bhandari of the Yellow Gate police station.
“No private or commercial party will be allowed in the sea. Even small boats that organize their own parties will not be permitted,” said an official
“No one has approached us till now for any boat party permission, but we are opposed to the idea as there will be tremendous pressure on us. That’s because of the extended hotel and pub timings as well as terror threat perception after the recent Sydney and Pakistan school attacks,” said a senior officer. “We have therefore requested our seniors to not allow boat parties.”
Tanaji Gharge, DCP Port Zone, said that the police stations in port zone has received more than a dozen applications to host the New Year party on cruise ship or yacht and most of the applications are rejected as the organizers wanted the consent for serving liquor. He said that this will be a threat to security as it will be difficult to monitor the guest list and commodities taken on board. Persons under the influence of alcohol cannot be trusted on water.
The 17 patrol boats of the coastal police will be patrolling the sea till five nautical miles off the Mumbai coast as police is responsible for the security of the coast. Police will be posted at five jetties close to the Gateway of India to screen the vessels.