Despite the protests, Shiv Sena’s youth leader Aditya Thackeray is keen on going ahead with his plan to rev up Mumbai’s nightlife.
President of Yuva Sena said on Thursday that he, mayor Sunil Prabhu and other Sena leaders in the civic body will approach the state government with the proposal for 24×7 nightlife.
Thackeray’s proposal to allow eateries and other commercial establishments to function at night has met with opposition from civic activists and Opposition parties in the civic house.
Claiming that the Nationalist Congress Party is supporting the proposal, Thackeray said he would request chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to accept the proposal for the “city’s welfare”, instead of sacrificing it on the altar of politics.
If eateries and other establishments keep open till late night, malls too could be kept open 24×7, he said.
Speaking of the advantages, Thackeray said it would be a win-win situation. He said business would look up while fetching additional revenue for the civic and state coffers.
The proposal, he said, is primarily for non-residential areas and if restaurants and shops in residential zones want to keep open, they will need consent from 70 per cent of residents in the vicinity besides the local police station’s nod.
“This will increase employment as restaurants and eateries will have to hire people for double shifts. It will, in turn, reduce crime among youth,” he said..
Stating that he is aware that it would involve security issues, Thackeray said, “Mumbaikars, start trusting. With more people out at night, it will prove to be a deterrent for anti-social elements,” Thackeray.
Civic activists, though, are taking this with a pinch of salt.
“Obviously, the young man [Thackeray] has not faced the inconvenience that residents, particularly senior citizens, face,” said chairperson of H-West ward citizens’ trust, Anandini Thakoor.
“Why were we, the stakeholders, not taken into account.”