TC Bureau Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Administration imposed a ban on hookah bars operating in the union territory stating that they could lead to transmission of Covid-19.
An order in this regard was issued by District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar, under Section 144 of the CrPC stating, “No hookah shall be served for smoke or consumption in hotels, restaurants, taverns, bars or hookah bars etc”. Many bars in Sectors 7, 8, 9, 26 and Industrial Area serve hookah to the customers in the city.
The matter to impose a ban on hookah bars was pending since long and was also discussed in the Administrator Advisory Council’s meeting held in February last year.
The UT’s order issued by District Magistrate on Tuesday stated, “It has been made to appear to me that hookah bars are operational in Chandigarh in a clandestine way, which are serving flavored hookahs including tobacco molasses containing nicotine, which is highly injurious to health of people and at times there is a suspicion that apart from tobacco, other harmful narcotic chemicals are also mixed with tobacco molasses served in these hookah bars.”