The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the civic body’s improvements committee, called the proposed rooftop restaurants policy ‘immoral’ and contended it will disrupt Mumbai’s culture and peace.
“The policy, by its objective, is completely unnecessary. Why should we allow parties to take place on terraces? There can be any unforeseen accidents,” said Prakash Gangadhare, committee member and BJP corporator from Mulund. He said the policy should be rejected.
Ram Barot, BJP corporator from Malad said, “Alcohol and wine will be served in these restaurants and it will only become a nuisance for residents. Young people will go and party. The culture of Mumbai will get corrupted and the life of people will be disrupted. Peace in the society will be destroyed.”
Nearly two years after the BMC announced its intent to allow rooftop restaurants in Mumbai, the policy to regularise and issue licenses to set them up on building terraces was put before the improvements committee on Thursday. Corporators deferred the policy for the second time, demanding changes in it and asking for data on the number of rooftop restaurants operating illegally.
Some others rejected the policy completely. Corporators have demanded the policy be reviewed to add malls and corporate offices also. The policy includes not constructing toilets and a maximum of two wash basins on the terrace, to avoid permanent structures. Members objected to this, calling it impractical. Corporators from Congress and the Samjwadi Party joined the BJP.
“The policy has been formulated keeping in mind the interests of a few people. For whom is the BMC actually working? ” said Ashraf Azmi from SP.