Mumbai city, a metro city famous for a vibrant nightlife, is going to wear the tag of Maximum City will now remain open all night from the coming January 27.
In order to enliven Mumbai’s night-time economy, the Maha agadhi government is moving to keep eateries and malls open 24×7 starting January 26. At first, this plan will be launched in pilot form across gated spaces and non-residential areas. The places where these plans are executed will have their own CCTV surveillance and parking facilities.
As of now, standalone establishments will not be part of the push, which will cover restaurants inside malls that do not serve alcohol. Food trucks will also be allowed to operate throughout the night at prominent locations like Nariman Point.
The final nod was given at a meeting chaired Thursday by Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray. “This plan will come into effect in non-residential areas,” Thackeray said. The employment generation is one of the priorities behind this move.
“We welcome this move as it will boost tourism and business in city. But we have suggested that this should be extended to standalone establishments, too, like those near railway stations. If police fear nuisance, the licence of violators can be cancelled,” said Niranjan Shetty of the Association of Hotel And Restaurant owners (AHAR), an umbrella body.
There are many critics who point accusing fingers at Government move. BJP MLA Ashish Shelar tweeted that “peace, safety & security of Mumbaikars in residential areas is topmost priority”. “Any bar/ pub/ mall/ eatery which is security threat for residential areas or puts burden on police will be opposed!” as a warning in advance Shelar said.
DCP Pranaya Ashok, spokesperson, Mumbai Police, said “issues related to security were discussed by senior officers with the government”.