Aaditya Thackeray says BJP leaders on board over rooftop restaurant policy
Thackeray said, “I met group leaders for an in-principle approval of the policy. The issues have been resolved and everyone seems to be on board.”mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2017 10:34 IST
The rooftop restaurant policy, stuck in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for more than two years due to lack of consensus between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, has got a boost.
On Tuesday, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray met mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and leaders from BJP and Samajwadi Party to resolve the issues.
Thackeray said, “I met group leaders for an in-principle approval of the policy. The issues have been resolved and everyone seems to be on board.”
The rooftop restaurant policy has been in limbo after the BJP, with support from the Congress, rejected it in an improvements committee meeting two years ago, stating it was against Mumbai’s culture. It was again brought before the BMC’s general body for its approval last week, but not taken up for discussion.
Thackeray has failed to garner the BJP’s support.
BJP sources, familiar with the proceedings of the meeting, said the party would continue to oppose the policy in its present form. It will not extend support to the policy when tabled in the general body, they said.
Manoj Kotak, leader of the BJP in the BMC, said, “The old policy was tabled before the house last week without any changes. We have reservations about the policy. It must be updated or it can be put to vote in the house.”
The policy was applicable to five-star restaurants and the BJP objected that it would cater to a particular class only, leaving the common man out. Earlier, Prakash Gangadhare, chairman of the improvements committee, had said, “The BJP opposes it because it is against the culture of the city.”
Contrary to this, Thackeray said, “This is not just about a few rooftops, but about the aspirations of Mumbai. It will earn revenue for the state, generate employment and provide an international standard for tourism, affordable to all.”
Civic sources said that the policy would address objections by the BJP and the Congress leaders when it is tabled the next time.
It will be affordable to all and there will be no residential spaces within 30-metre radius of restaurants, sources said. Thackeray also proposed waste segregation for such restaurants and ban on plastic.