The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sent the all-night-open eateries proposal to the state on Friday.
The proposal, a brainchild of Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, will help bring back Mumbai’s vibrant night life by opening shops, eateries and pharmacies round the clock. The proposal, moved by independent corporator Makrand Narvekar, was passed by the general body of the BMC on Sept 28.
Mayor Sunil Prabhu said, “The proposal has been sent to the government, requesting necessary amendments in the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act, 1948, to implement it.” In his letter to the government, the mayor said, “Since many tourists visit places like Kala Ghoda, Gateway of India, Hutatma Chowk etc, they face a lot of inconvenience if they need to eat somewhere. So, we hope that the government will consider the proposal.”
Civic officials said that the proposal may require changes in the Bombay Police Act. “For any amendments, consent from the home and labour department is needed. An amendment to Section 19 of the BMC’s Shops and Establishments Act is necessary as it stipulates and regulates timing restrictions for eateries and restaurants,”said a civic official.