Guwahati: The Government of Assam has issued a notice to close all the hookah bars in Guwahati. All the outlets running Hookah Bars under the jurisdiction of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) are ordered by the Assam government to close the Hookah bars.
The official notice was issued by the commissioner of GMC on December 18.
The official notification read, "It is for information to all concerned who are running the trade of Hookah Bar under the jurisdiction of Guwahati Municipal Corporation that vide order no. GDD.233/2020/16 dated 19th Oct 2020, Govt. of Assam through has notified for the closure of all the trades in respect of Hookah Bar operating within the city of Guwahati."
The notice also said that no further renewal or issuance of Hookah Bar trade license will be entertained by GMC. The Hookah Bars are to be closed within seven days of the issuance of a notice, that is, December 18.
"Accordingly, in pursuance to the said notification of Govt. of Assam, no further renewal/issuance of trade license for Hookah Bar will be entertained by Guwahati Municipal Corporation for which the said activities are to close within a period of 7 days from the date of issuance of this notice, " the notification further added.
There are quite a good number of Hookah Bars in the city.
Earlier in September this year, Allahabad High Court also ordered for a ban on the hookah bars in Uttar Pradesh. The High Court ordered the Chief Secretary of the state to not allow any restaurant or cafes to run hookah bars in the state. The court had asked for compliance of this report by September 30.