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Maharashtra govt mulls extending star hotel bar timings

"A proposal has been given by the star hotels to extend the timings of the bar counter till 3 AM so that they can serve refreshments to the foreign tourists," an official said.

twitter-logo PTI   Mumbai     Last Updated: July 6, 2011  | 00:00 IST

The Maharashtra government is considering extending timings of the bar counters at star hotels especially to facilitate foreign tourists, a senior state excise official said.

"A proposal has been given by the star hotels to extend the timings of the bar counter till 3 AM so that they can serve refreshments to the foreign tourists," the official said.

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The excise department has forwarded the proposal to the department of law and judiciary to check legal angles involved in sanctioning such proposal, he said.

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Asked if it would create any law and order problem, the official said, "Indeed it will help the foreigners who arrive late from abroad to have their dinner."

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The exemption, if granted, will, however, would not be applicable to ordinary bars, he said.

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