Mumbai: Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting the latter to allow markets, especially in non-residential areas, to remain open all night on New Year.

In the letter, Thackeray said, “The residents of the country’s financial and entertainment hub need “more space and time to unwind after hours of work.” Thackeray, who for five years has been calling for a more relaxed nightlife in Mumbai further said, “What is legal during the day, cannot be illegal at night.”

Thackeray said that not only markets in Mumbai but other cities like Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune should be allowed to keep open all night on New Year.

The Shiv Sena’s youth wing chief reminded the state government of a proposal by the country’s richest civic agency Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 2013 to let markets in non-residential areas remain open through the night. He said this proposal was cleared by then Mumbai police commissioner and legislated by the state in 2017.

“The proposal for Mumbai is awaiting your approval from the Home Department for a few months now and is foolproof,” Aditya Thackeray said. “I am sure, you will consider both my requests positively.”

Thackeray in 2013 had sought for Mumbai 24-hour cafes, restaurants and convenience stores for “some chilling time post work.”