Shiv Sena leader and Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray on Friday has once again pushed his plan to keep shops and establishments open 24×7 in Mumbai. Aaditya on Friday asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to clear the pending proposal.
Aaditya Thackeray’s request came after the neighboring Gujarat government cleared a similar proposal. Aaditya congratulated Gujarat government for the same, in a tweet he said, “I hope our State govt too takes this inevitable step we proposed since 2013, pending in process since 2017 as Amended Act. While we first proposed it as a foolproof proposal in 2013 through BMC, now it long awaits a final nod, which I hope will be given soon. I urge @CMOMaharashtra to see where it’s stuck for 2 years, thereby giving a boost to State revenue, tourism and jobs.”
Aaditya Thackeray had proposed this plan in 2013 and subsequently, it was cleared by the Shiv Sena-led BMC, but since 2017 it is stuck with the BJP-controlled urban development department. Thackeray’s bill proposes major reforms for shops and establishments by allowing them to set their own opening and closing hours and stay open seven days a week. At present, shops have to shut by 10 pm, commercial establishments by 9.30pm and restaurants 12.30am. The plan proposes that shops, malls, and eateries, except bars and pubs, should be allowed to operate around the clock in nonresidential areas of Mumbai.