BENGALURU: The high court on Thursday directed police to submit their response by next week on the action initiated against pubs and bars for causing sound pollution in Indiranagar. A division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka gave this direction after the court was informed that no action had been taken regarding the repeated representations submitted by the petitioners since 2015.In their PIL, Defence Colony residents welfare association and other RWAs said several representations had been submitted about the nuisance and sound pollution caused by over 100 pubs and bars located in an area spread over 2km. Adjourning the hearing to June 13, the bench indicated that if it is found police haven’t taken any action, including physical verification of the premises in pursuance to those representations, the court would take the lapse very seriously. The petitioner-associations claimed that as per the Revised Master Plan 2015, residential (main), residential (mixed), parks and open spaces, traffic and transportation and public utilities constitute about 76 per cent of the proposed land-use in Indiranagar. According to them, mushrooming of vendors, with many of them operating illegally, have resulted in sporadic increase in crimes, including those against women and senior citizens, and also activities like drug peddling in what is a predominantly residential area. They urged the court to direct the authorities not to issue further licences for selling intoxicants in the east Bengaluru locality. Further, they have sought a direction from the excise commissioner to close the pubs/bars and cancel licences for blatant violation of excise rules and regulations.