Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aaditya Thackeray said on Tuesday a proposal he had sent to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to revive Mumbai’s nightlife had been accepted.
“Tweeps the GOOD News is CM has accepted my proposal of nightlife and assured me tht necessary amendments to laws by March/August Session (sic),” the chief of the Shiv Sena’s youth wing posted on Twitter.
“Shops and Establishments Act, and Police Act needs amendment which will be tabled in either budget or monsoon sessions of Assembly,” he wrote in another tweet.
The 1.30am deadline for restaurants and bars is likely to be discarded after the laws are amended, 24-year-old Aaditya, the son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, earlier said.
“Malls, clubs could stay open 24X7, along with chemists and convenience stores,” he tweeted.
Non-residential areas such as Kala Ghoda, Nariman Point, BKC can be ‘Special Entertainment Zones’ at night, he added. “Eateries, cafes, milk shops, chemists and malls and mill-malls (with all their establishments) can be given the option of staying open," he had said in a tweet.
“I have evolved as a night person… I don't think noise will be a problem… Mumbai is a safe city. It works on trust,” the Yuva Sena chief told NDTV on Tuesday.
“We are working on a plan whereby if 90% residents agree on bars in residential areas like Carter Road to remain open, then they will be allowed to stay open,” he added.
“I am also speaking to the transport department for trains and other things to stay open,” Aaditya said.
Congress leader Milind Deora applauded the decision to extend the deadline for restaurants and bars.
Full marks to Rakesh Maria, Mumbai's dynamic Police Commissioner, for extending the city's nightlife beyond its antiquated deadline of 130AM— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) February 17, 2015
Fears have been mounting that the once flourishing party scene in the home of Bollywood is in decline as police enforce a raft of restricting measures.
The strict regulations include early closing hours, excessive red tape and outdated overcrowding rules.