Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil may have granted a three-day leeway on deadlines for the festive season, but he is no mood to make way for a 24/7 city.
Why not, like most world cities, allow Mumbai to stay open till 5 am every day?
We have been extending deadlines to 5 am for three days as a special concession for many years now. But to ensure that there is no crime or drink-driving, we have to deploy additional police forces. I have cancelled leave of many of policemen and many others have worked double shifts. The city cannot stay open till 5 am every day because we don’t have the manpower or resources to patrol the city in the nights.
In the last two years, Mumbai’s economy has changed dramatically. The jobs are mostly in service and infotech sectors. We have a young workforce which work longer. By the time they get anywhere through traffic, the bars are ready to shut.
I think we have a fairly liberal deadline. Other cities with similar profiles also have deadlines. Not many cities are open
24/7, there is a separate licensing system for that. I had collected data on this.