Traders have welcomed the decision to allow malls to remain open round the clock but are wary of the law and order situation.
"It is a good move but I doubt if retailer will open 24 hours. The law and order situation in Gurgaon is not conducive for late night shopping. People will be reluctant to come to malls so late. Even shopkeepers will not feel safe keeping their outlets open all night," said Major (Retd.) Priyanka Ojha who runs a footwear shop in Sahara Mall.
As of now, some retail chains such as Big Bazaar, Pantaloon, Lifestyle, Shopper’s Stop, Vishal Mega Mart, Reliance Fresh, Gurgaon Central Mall and few others have special exemption under section 9 (24 hours-a-day) and 10 (7days-a-week) of the Act to operate round the clock and all seven days of the week but generally do not open beyond 10.00 p.m .
B.R. Wasan, president of Metropolitan Mall Occupants Association said that the new directive would instill a new life into the retailers who had been facing bad days.
“Mandatory Tuesday closure meant to us at least 52 holidays a year. This left us losing revenue for these many days a year whereas the overheads in malls are huge,” Wasan said.