BENGALURU: Police might soon get rooftop bars and restaurants in the city to put up six-foot-tall railings, barriers or fences on their premises. This comes in the wake of two persons falling to death from a Church Street pub late Friday night. The two were climbing down the stairs when they slipped and fell from a stairway window. Police officials said there was only knee-level protection at the spot and a higher barrier or railing could have prevented the mishap. “Most pubs in the city are on rooftops. They need to have six-foot-tall barriers or railings to prevent accidents. We will soon hold a meeting with civic agencies and propose the idea of increasing the barrier height,” said D Devaraj, DCP (central). Police commissioner Alok Kumar said multiple agencies are responsible for regulating pubs and they’d soon hold a meeting with various agencies to discuss measures to prevent accidents on their premises. Devaraj recalled an incident in a Church Street pub, where eight people were stuck in a lift car after it malfunctioned, triggering panic in the area. “Various factors need to be considered while running a pub — maintenance of lift with a lift operator, emergency exits like stairs need to be clear and if there are openings near the emergency exit, they need to be covered,” added Devaraj. Firday’s accident has shocked pubgoers in Bengaluru. “The incident was certainly unforeseen but could have been avoided if the windows had grills. Why would one have windows covered only with glass, which could break, on stairways,” asked Arjun Gowda, a frequent pubgoer and software engineer. Considering most pubs are on open terraces or have many huge windows, they should all be covered to prevent such falls,” Lathika William, a pubgoer and fashion designer from Indiranagar said. Sagar Bhat, owner of Angrezi Pub on Church Street, said safety measures do play a vital role in taking care of his patrons. “Being the owner of a pub, safety of my customers is my utmost priority. After Friday’s accident I have decided to instal nets to prevent such accidents in my pub,” he added. But not all pub owners are happy with the police proposal. “Accidents cannot be avoided and can happen anywhere. A pub owner can do very little to prevent an accident. We would have taken necessary clearances from BBMP, police officials, fire and emergency services officials before starting a pub,” said Amit Roy, owner of Watson’s Pub.
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July 6, 2019
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