Mumbai: Mumbai, known as the city that never sleeps, will now officially remain open round-the-clock with the Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday approving its ‘Mumbai 24 hours’ policy allowing malls, multiplexes and shops to function day and night from next Monday.
In the first phase, shops, eateries and theatres in malls and mill compounds situated in non-residential areas will be allowed to remain open 24 hours. Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray is said to be the prime mover behind the policy.
Noting that London’s ‘night economy’ was five billion pounds, Aaditya told reporters here after the cabinet meeting that the government’s decision could help generate more revenue and jobs, in addition to the existing five lakh people working in the service sector. He also said keeping shops, malls and eateries open in the night was, however, not mandatory.