Star City mall, near Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension
On October 26, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia declared a fine of Rs 5,000 on people found drinking liquor in open places. He also said that those found creating nuisance in public after drinking would be fined Rs 10,000 and may even have to face arrest and a jail term of three months, as stipulated by the law.
A day after Sisodia's declaration, residents of societies in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension want their MLA to take action against the scores of people violating the rule.
Residents complain that open liquor consumption has been a problem ever since the Star City and DLF malls opened to the public three years ago. They say the fact that nothing has been done to curb the problem has encouraged antisocials, and even led to a spike in cases of chain snatching and eve-teasing.
"The stretch between Glaxo and Samachar Apartments turns into a mini-ghetto in the evenings," says Ravi Agrawal, a resident of Kirti Apartments. "There are numerous vendors selling disposable glasses, bottled water, cigarettes and snacks, which usually accompany liquor consumption. These unchecked areas encourage antisocials."
Referring to Sisodia's comments, Bhuwan Singh, a resident of United India Apartments, said, "This is not the first time such an announcement has been made by the government. But it won't make a difference to antisocials unless the government walks the talk."