Planning to bring in the New Year away from the madness in serene Lonavla? Make sure you carry your liquor permit if you intend to get high. Else, the Pune rural police will stop you from entering the hill station, a popular tourist destination 110km from Mumbai.
Top brass officers of the Pune rural police will check all vehicles entering Lonavla and those carrying alcohol will be sent away. The decision has been taken as there have been several cases of tourists drinking alcohol in the open and creating nuisance in Lonavla. Road rage incidents are also common. The police sense a repeat of such incidents during the festive season.
“We have observed that many tourists come to Lonavla to celebrate New Year. However, many of them consume liquor without liquor permits which is illegal,” said Vijaykumar Magar, additional superintendent of police. He said the police will set up temporary check posts at various entry points of Lonavla.
“At every check point, the policemen will check documents like the driving licence and vehicle registration papers. In case people are carrying liquor, they will have to furnish liquor permits to the policemen. If they fail to do so, they will be denied entry,” Magar told DNA. “We will also depute separate patrolling teams in the night and those found consuming liquor in the open will attract stringent action.”
The police have also decided to install CCTV cameras to keep a watch on mischief-mongers. “CCTV cameras will be installed not only inside Lonavla city but also at various tourist attractions on the outskirts of the hill station. We have even prepared sign boards giving advise on safety to visitors. We expect these measures will curb road accidents, cases of road rage and eve teasing,” Magar said. As many as 1.5 lakh visitors travel to Lonavla to celebrate New Year.