BJP Opposes Aaditya Thackeray's '24x7 Mumbai' Plan, Cites Women's Safety In Bars

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BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar, on Saturday, expressed security concerns for women by keeping bars open 24x7 under Aaditya Thackeray's new 24x7 Mumbai plan

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Opposing the Aghadi government's plan to keep Mumbai's eateries, malls, pubs, and other services open 24x7 from January 26, the BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar, on Saturday, expressed security concerns for women by keeping bars open throughout the night. He affirmed that while malls should be open throughout, keeping bars open through the night will burden the police's work. He said that the BJP was against causing a nuisance to residents close to these bars and pubs.

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On Friday, Maharashtra Tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray announced that malls, multiplexes, restaurants, and select shops in the city will be permitted to remain open 24/7 from January 26 onwards. According to reports, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Police have agreed to permit establishments inside gated communities and non-residential areas to remain open throughout the night. As per sources, Atria Mall (Worli), R-City Mall (Ghatkopar), Oberoi Mall (Goregaon), Growel’s 101 (Kandivli), Phoenix Market City (Kurla) and High Street Phoenix (Lower Parel) are some of the malls that have agreed to start 24/7 operations soon.

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