Mumbai’s nightlife policy, the brainchild of Aaditya Thackeray, came into force early last year
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar on Thursday said that Mumbai’s nightlife is a different world altogether. He also said that it is the need of the hour for the metropolis which is home to a large number of youths and people from different strata of the society.
While speaking at the launch of the heritage walk at BMC headquarter at Fort on Thursday, Pawar said, “Mumbai’s nightlife is a different world altogether. It is being given importance since people, especially youths, like this concept very much.”
Some people might comment against it, but it is a necessity for Mumbai, where people of different groups, castes and religions reside,” Pawar added.
Mumbai’s nightlife policy, the brainchild of Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, came into force early last year, offering an opportunity for people to shop, dine and explore round-the-clock a city that never sleeps.
Under this policy, malls, multiplexes and shops in non-residential areas in Mumbai were allowed to function 24×7. The policy had come into force from January 26 midnight last year.
Explaining the rationale behind the need for such a policy, Aaditya had earlier said that Mumbai is a 24×7 functional city’ where people who work in night shifts and the tourists in transit need to have access to food at late hours.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Pawar also stated that Mumbai will always remain a part of Maharashtra, a day after his Karnataka counterpart Laxman Savadi demanded that the city be made a part of his state. “Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra. It was ours yesterday, is ours today and will be ours in the future too. Nobody can change this. Everyone knows it. Hence, there is no need to pay attention to what he (Savadi) said,” Pawar added.