The head of Shiv Sena’s youth wing had demanded that eateries be open 24/7 in both residential and non-residential areas.
Mumbai: Along with the rooftop policy, the Shiv Sena also had ambitious plans for the city’s nightlife. But its plans have hit a stumbling block due to stiff opposition from the BJP-led state government, citing law and order problems. The proposal to keep all eateries and restaurants open 24/7 in the city was mooted by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and was also passed in the civic general body meeting in 2013. It was then sent to the chief minister for approval.
The head of Shiv Sena’s youth wing had demanded that eateries be open 24/7 in both residential and non-residential areas. According to him, in non-residential areas like BKC, Colaba, eateries can be kept open throughout night. But in residential areas, they can be allowed only after taking consent from 70 per cent of local residents and police.
The responsibility of garbage collection, keeping the noise down and traffic discipline will rest with the owner of the establishment.
However, the state government said that, “If it is decided to keep open shops till 12 midnight, there will be a rise in anti-social acts like molestation, robbery, etc which will lead to law and order problems. This will put stress on the police force, which is already reeling under tremendous work pressure. Due to this, the police too have objected to the proposal of keeping open shops till 12 midnight.”