Shops, Malls & Eateries To Remain Open 24/7 In Mumbai As An Experiment
Addressing a Press Conference the Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said that shops, malls and eateries in the non-residential areas like Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point of Mumbai will have the option of remaining open 24×7 from January 26, although it will not be made compulsory.
By giving examples of the nightlife of London and Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, Thackeray said: “Mumbai, too, should not lag behind in providing similar facilities to people at night as the metropolis functions 24×7″. He stated that it will increase the revenue of Mumbai and will also create employment opportunities for people.
He also clarified that Cabinet’s decision will not pressurize the Mumbai Police, As The government will not allow the pubs and bars to remain open for 24 hours. He added that the time limit for pubs and bars is already set at 1:30 am.
He explained We are not tinkering with the Excise norms,” Thackeray said, “London’s night-time economy is worth five billion pounds”.
He added “Indore’s Sarafa Market is also open at night. Even Ahmedabad city has made some changes in its policy last year.
Then why should Mumbai lag behind?… We are just providing facility for food and shopping for 24 hours in non-residential areas,”.