- Soon, smoking hookah is to be banned in Maharashtra. Devendra Fadnavis led Maharashtra government has introduced a bill in the assembly to ban hookah parlours
- According to the bill, no one shall on his own, or behalf of any person, open and run a hookah bar in any place
- Police can take action against the hookah parlours and have powers to seize any material or article which is used for hookah bars
- Failing to abide by the law can attract imprisonment from 1 to 3 years, and fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh
Three months after the Kamala Mills fire tragedy, which claimed 14 innocent lives, due to illegal hookah. Now, the state government has swung into action, to curb the mushrooming hookah parlours across the state. Devendra Fadnavis led Maharashtra government has taken a decision, to ban hookah parlours.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra government introduced a law to ban hookah bars in the state. The bill to ban hookah parlours, was introduced in the assembly by Parliamentary affairs and Food and Drug minister Girish Bapat.
The government has amended the provisions of Cigarette and other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA), 2003 in order to regulate the hookah parlours.
In the statement, the government said:
- Hookah parlours were mushrooming in the cities like Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur and Navi Mumbai. The bars are being run in the public places and the restaurants.
- Minor and college students were getting attracted to the hookah, and at presently there is no law to regulate the hookah parlours.
Mumbai Mayor Vishwasnath Mahadeshwar had raised the issue of illegal hookah parlours in Mumbai just before the Kamala Mills fire incident. Wherein, he had demanded the Mumbai police to take stern action against the illegal hookah parlours in the city.