• Mumbai nightlife plan: How much freedom do we really have?

    Debjani PaulMumbaiAug 12, 2017, 15:15 IST

    Citizens say

    Harshada Pande, 29 Working professional
    'What if one is busy throughout the day and only has leisure time at night - there are hardly any options. You have to have your own vehicle, otherwise, it is difficult to go anywhere.'

    Vikram Khanna, 27 Working professional
    'By keeping all public places shut, the authorities just show they are not confident about the security arrangements. It's easier to ensure that people just stay home.'

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    Usha Lingayat, 58 A retired clerk
    'When I was young, I lived in Girgaon, and the chowpatty used to be open till late. Now things have changed so much. Every day we hear or read about bad things that happen.'

    Not Safe for women after all

    August 7: A woman driving home to Amboli with her family in the wee hours of the day was stalked by an IT professional. He even rang her doorbell at 2 am. He has since been arrested.

    March 9: A 17-year-old girl was gang-raped by two men at an open ground in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) while she was out late at night. The girl said she had cried for help, but no one was around to hear her.

    In trouble? Who you gonna call?
    Call Mumbai Police on 24×7 helpline numbers dedicated to women and children 100 and 103
    SMS Mumbai Police on 7738133133 7738144144

    Security measures
    >> Patrolling: Every night, rigorous patrolling is done by male and female officers

    >> Security at vital spots: A traffic constable and lady constable from the local police station are present at the railway terminus to help late-night travellers get home safe. Tourist spots such as Marine Drive and Chowpatty are patrolled throughout the night.

    >> Accessible: Mumbai Police also has 24x7 helpline numbers

    24x7 nightlife, soon
    Mumbai will finally enjoy a 24x7 nightlife, with the state Assembly having amended the Shops and Establishments Act on August 11, to allow shops and restaurants to stay open all night. This comes four years after the idea was floated in 2013 by the Shiv Sena. The BJP has also proposed a night market for hawkers.

    Public transport
    Last local: 1 am from Churchgate
    Last Metro: 11.42 pm from Ghatkopar
    Last Monorail: 11.37 pm from Chembur

    Cabs and autos
    Whether it is kaali-peelis, autos or Ola and Uber cabs, these operate through the night, but at inflated rates

    Shops, even those in malls, are only licensed to run till 11 pm

    Parks and recreation
    No entry at beaches from 11 pm.
    Parks shut even earlier, by 8 pm

    Food and drinks
    Bars and restaurants are permitted to run till 1 am; last orders at 12.30 am

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