Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: The police have stepped up security in view of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city.

Their prime concern is to ensure that drunk revellers do not pester families attending midnight mass in churches and foreign tourists holidaying in various resorts. Another major concern is to prevent road accidents caused by drunk and reckless driving.

The police have also made elaborate arrangements on Kovalam beach, hub of the celebrations in the district. More than 100 hotels and resorts in the area are organising live bands, fireworks and dances for their foreign and domestic guests.

The police have requested the hoteliers to wind up their parties by at least 1 a.m. Hotels with bar licence will not be allowed to serve liquor after 11 p.m.

Mohanan Nair, Circle Inspector, Vizhinjam, said he had asked hoteliers not to allow corkage on premises that do not have bar licence or temporary permits for serving liquor.

Official sources said there were reports that several hotels, including seaside restaurants and private tourist resorts, were stocking and selling liquor without government licence.