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Traffic Police, party venues try to zilch drunken driving this New Year’s Eve in Nagpur

Traffic Police as well as restaurateurs and clubs have gone an extra mile vis-à-vis the safety and security of party revellers on New Year’s Eve in Nagpur. With  Nagpur seeing a surge in drunken driving cases of late and specially the unpleasant incident that took place during Diwali at CP Club, where an elderly person was brutally beaten up by a city youngster, party organisers as well as city cops are ensuring while city revellers make merry this New Year eve, they act responsibly. Nation Next finds out how city’s prominent clubs, hotels, restaurants and traffic police are gearing up to deal with the drunken driving menace on the New Year’s Eve in Nagpur.

CP Club

Honorary Secretary of CP Club, Girish Dewani, said, We don’t have any tie-up with Ola or Uber cab as most of our members are chauffer-driven. Contrary to the popular perception, members and guests at CP Club don’t indulge in excessive consumption of alcohol on New Year eve as we have more of senior crowd during the bash.”

Speaking about safety measures being taken by the committee of the club, Dewani added, The Diwali incident was an unfortunate one. The audience at the club during Diwali party was too large, and the function was primarily for children. Our security for children might not have been full proof then but this time we’ve ensured that at least one or the other organising committee member vets each and every guest and member on New Year eve. They have to come with their identity cards, which would be screened by our organising member. There will be a bar code that includes their names and other important details. Also, guests have to strictly come along with their members; they can’t come independently. We?ll be a little more cautious about the movements of our guests henceforth. We’ve doubled our budget for security this year. I’m glad, even our members have been extremely cooperative with us.

Hotel Centre Point

Angadh Arora, JT Managing Director at Centre Point Group of Hotels & Resorts, said, We’re actually promoting a package that supports our campaign Don’t drink and drive. Guests can book a room by paying an additional amount of Rs 3500 that would include breakfast and lunch. We don’t want our guests to drink and drive back on New Years eve.

Arora, while speaking about ensuring safety of the guests at his hotel, said, We mostly have families coming up at our hotel on New Year and that too, purely by invitation. There are no stag entries. Also, all entries are done only after guests present their identity cards at the entrance.

Gondwana Club

Anuj Singhania, President at Gondwana Club, speaking about preventing drunken driving on the New Year’s Eve, said, We request every member and guest to come in a chauffer driven car and ensure the driver is a non-drinker. We can provide Ola and Uber cabs though we don’t have any tie-ups with them. These drivers usually park their cabs in huge numbers near WCL building opposite to our club. People can avail this facility very conveniently.

Singhania, further speaking about providing adequate security and safety measures to avoid any unforeseen incident, said, We?ve ensured our members and their guests go through an extensive screening process while entering the venue. Also, this time we’ve reduced the inflow of the guests and we’ve hired almost 65-75 bouncers from a security firm especially for New Year bash. This year almost 100 people are involved in providing security to the guests. So we have multiple people placed at all important places in the club. Moreover, we’ve installed more than 50 CCTV cameras. The CCTV camera team along with the security team would work in tandem to ensure our members have a safe and great evening.

Pablo ? The Art Café Lounge

Angadh Arora, who’s also a joint investor at Pablo ? The Art Café Lounge, informed Nation Next that they?d tied up with Ola cabs to discourage drunken driving on New Year eve. He said, At Pablo, we’re providing the facility of Ola cabs that too with great discounts.”

Party hard but don’t break law, appeals Nagpur Traffic Police

When Nation Next spoke to DCP Traffic Raj Tilak Roushan about how the police plan to curb drunken driving on New Year’s eve, he said, We’ve deployed around 38 teams in Nagpur to curb drunken driving. Almost 300 cases against drunken driving are registered on a daily basis in the city! We’ve also put 600 plus police personnel on duty to ensure no lawbreaker goes scot-free. We’ve also planned to close over-bridges at Maate square, Sakkardara, Mankapur, etc to avoid accidents due to rash driving, etc. I appeal Nagpurians to celebrate New Year eve to the fullest but also refrain from drunken driving!”

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Ahead of today’s IND vs AUS match in Nagpur, we bring you VCA Stadium’s Test records…

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Ahead of today’s IND vs AUS match in Nagpur, we, at Nation Next, bring you Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium's Test records...

Ahead of today’s IND vs AUS match in Nagpur, we, at Nation Next, bring you Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium’s Test records…

  • Highest team total: 610/6d by India against Sri Lanka in 2017/18.
  • Lowest team total: 79 runs by South Africa against India in 2015/16.
  • Highest individual score: 253 not out by Hashim Amla (South Africa) against India in 2010/11.
  • Best bowling in an innings: 8/215, by Jason Krejza (Australia) against India in 2008/09.
  • Most runs scored by a player: Virender Sehwag – 357 runs.
  • Most wickets taken: R Ashwin – 19 wickets.

Also read: Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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