Food trucks and nightlife zones in Mumbai soon?

CM Devendra Fadnavis calls for policy to operate food trucks in the city, gives go ahead to have nightlife zone in south Bombay on pilot basis

mumbai Updated: Sep 19, 2017 12:23 IST
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The government is planning to designate non-residential areas in south Mumbai as nightlife zones, which will help them continue with the concept smoothly without disturbing the residents. (HT File)

With push from the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the concept of food trucks and nightlife will soon become reality in Mumbai. The chief minister has directed the officials to formulate a special policy to encourage food trucks in Mumbai. He has also directed to set up zones where pubs, bars and eateries can remain open throughout the night in South Mumbai.

The government is planning to designate non-residential areas in south Mumbai as nightlife zones, which will help them continue with the concept smoothly without disturbing the residents. Those who wants to enjoy can come and enjoy entire night without disturbing others, said a senior official.

This would be replicated in other parts of the city considering success and response from the people. This proposal to have nighlife zones has been pending for the last four to five years, with the city police being sceptical of the plan. Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray has been rooting for this proposal since the last two years and had also met Fadnavis to get it off the ground in February, this year.

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The CM’s directives for a policy on food trucks has has come two months after Mumbai’s first food truck park, which was launched in July in Bandra, was shut down in the same month after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) refused parking and other permissions.

Unlike cities such as Bengaluru and Delhi, where food trucks can operate under a set of licenses from local authorities, Mumbai has no legal framework to get the food truck business rolling. Right from dealing with red tapism to acquiring various licenses from the BMC and Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), food truck owners find it difficult to navigate the system.

The issues were discussed in a meeting with a delegation of National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI). Considering the issues genuine, the chief minister ordered a special policy on food trucks in Mumbai, which means those who wants to start the business in the city will start getting permissions once a legal framework comes in place, said a senior official from the urban development department.

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The NRAI delegation also raised issues related to the number of permissions to be taken from various departments for the hotel industry. Fadnavis said some of the permissions had already been reduced and the process had also been simplified. The decision will be notified soon.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 11:28 IST