Maharastra Cabinet on Wednesday approved ‘Mumbai 24 hours’ proposal to keep multiplexes, shops, restaurants and malls in Mumbai open round the clock. This comes as a part of the government’s plan to make Mumbai open for 24×7.
The cabinet said that multiplexes, shops, and eateries can practice business 24×7 starting from 27 January. However, it is not mandatory for anyone to keep the aforementioned open 24×7.
“From January 27, malls, multiplexes, shops and eateries in non-residential areas like Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point will remain open 24×7,” state tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray said.
“Only those who feel they can do good business can keep their establishments open throughout the night,” he added.
As a pilot project, the project would be launched across gated spaces and non-residential areas. These areas must-have camera surveillance and parking facilities to be liable for the ‘Mumbai 24 hours’ policy.
Thackeray believes that the move can help boost Mumbai’s economy and also open job opportunities for people willing to work at night but couldn’t due to security reasons. Several locations, like Nariman point, have been identified to let food trucks function through the night.
Excise rules, however, have not been touched and pubs and bars will close as usual at 1.30 am.
This is not the first time when the Maharastra state government has proposed to open Mumbai 24×7. Earlier in 2017, the BJP government had also proposed a similar plan, which was opposed by the police.