As per the report published in ET, The Maharashtra cabinet approved an idea to permit Mumbai malls, restaurants and multiplexes to remain open around the clock 24×7 from January 27 on a pilot basis.
Extending the city’s nightlife will help turn India’s commercial capital into a worldwide city and provides it’s economy a lift by generating more jobs and tourist income, the state government said, avoiding criticism from the opposition.
“If we’ve to make Mumbai an international city, then we need to offer them more facilities,” said Aaditya Thackeray, Tourism and Environment Minister, Government of Maharashtra.
“Putting Mumbai under a curfew isn’t good. we’ve tourists, we’ve people that work late in the night and that we try to offer them more facilities,” he said.
To be sure, there’ll be no change in the 1:30 am limit for serving alcohol. The policy are going to be implemented within the first phase in the establishments described above while ensuring that residential areas are not affected.
Noise guidelines along side other civic and environmental norms will need to be observed. within the initial phase, establishments within the Bandra-Kurla Complex, Nariman Point and erstwhile mill compounds are going to be allowed to operate throughout, subject to clearances from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and therefore the police.
“Malls, establishments in mill compounds like multiplexes and eateries in Mumbai will now be ready to be open 24×7,” said Thackeray. He added that the move would cause a lift for the economy and create more jobs.
However, the most opposition party in the state was critical of the choice . One prominent leader of the most opposition party said, “Mumbai’s nightlife features a bloody history,” citing the fire at a pub that killed 14 people in December 2017 at the Kamala Mills compound.
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