The state government is deliberating to establish a law which can regulate illegal hookah parlours in the city. CM Devendra Fadnavis announced this during a debate in the legislative council.
Last December, after 14 innocent people died in the Kamala Mills fire due to sparks from a hookah. The state government had decided to finally crack-down on illegal hookah parlours in Mumbai and Maharashtra.
The chief minister assured the legislative council that the government will take stern action against hookah parlours.
Replying to the question raised by the opposition MLA’s, Fadnavis said, “The government is mulling a law to regulate hookah parlours. It’s been brought to the notice of the state that drugs are being sold under the pretext of hookah parlours. The draft of the law is ready, and soon the state government will bring a bill in the house.”
The Kamala Mills fire which claimed innocent lives, was ignited due to a stray ember from a hookah. Mumbai Mayor, Vishwanath Mhadeshwar, had also raised a question on illegal hookah parlours operating in the city. He had written a letter to Mumbai police commissioner, demanding action against hookah parlours.