A week after his Facebook (FB) post questioning the abysmal state of the island city’s nightlife, Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray has submitted a proposal to BMC to keep open shops, eateries, chemists and milk services 24x7. It was submitted through Makarand Narvekar, an independent corporator representing A-ward, comprising Navy Nagar, Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point and Marine Drive. Makarand is the brother of Yuva Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar.
Thackeray equates Mumbai with New York, which, post 9/11, continues to have a vibrant night life, with amenities available round the clock.
“I strongly believe Mumbai needs a safe and yet vibrant night life. Our city virtually sleeps after midnight while people look for some chilling time post work. New York, London and even areas in our very own Indore are open 24 hours. Why not our lovely Mumbai? Do share this if you like this idea,” reads the FB post. It has so far has received 667 ‘likes’ and 205 ‘shares’.
Thackeray’s proposal does not include clubs and bars. “I had been working on this idea and had asked Narvekar to draft it and take it forward in the BMC for discussion. Similarly, I have also asked corporators in Thane and a few other cities in Maharashtra to raise the issue in their respective civic bodies. This is a concept that needs to take root in Mumbai as citizens who work late are forced to visit bars for food after midnight,” said Thackeray.
In addition to amending the Bombay Shops and Establishment Act, 1948, the proposal also suggests amendments to the Bombay Police Act, 1951.
“With Mumbai grooming itself as an international city, it is no longer a luxury but a necessity that we have round-the-clock restaurants. We have international flights landing in the city at odd times and law and media offices finish work well after midnight,” said Narvekar.
If approved by the BMC, the proposal will be forwarded to the state’s urban development