To create nightlife zones in South Mumbai was in state government’s plan for quite some time now. But on Monday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis instructed authorities to set up zones where eateries, pubs, bars and entertainment hotspots can remain open throughout the night in South Mumbai.
According to a report in Indian Express, the state government’s initial plan is to designate non-residential areas in South Mumbai such as Veer Nariman Road, Ballard Pier and Horniman Circle, which will be further designated as nightlife zones. If the pilot project works out in South Mumbai, the state government will replicate in other parts of the city too.
In the meeting, which was held on Monday, Devendra Fadnavis directed government officials to expedite this pilot project, and also asked Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar to finalise the nightlife zone proposals to run on a pilot basis.
Even the recent shutting down of rooftop bars was discussed in the meeting, in which a probe showed how the bars had been utilising one-day permit, which was meant for special functions and parties. But Devendra Fadnavis backed the departments, and has asked officials to consider feasibility of framing an independent liquor permit policy for rooftop bars.