Mumbai, 1 November 2017
Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has issued a circular permitting
hotels and restaurants in the city to operate open to air terrace as a service
area for serving food. The circular has granted permissions to hotels and
restaurants having existing eating house and lodging services. Hotels and
restaurants in the city have welcomed the much awaited decision and have
welcomed Mumbaikars to a new dining experience. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) and Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association
(AHAR), which had been pursuing the authorities in allowing establishments to
utilize their open terraces, have lauded the Government’s move.
Both Associations have jointly expressed their
gratitude towards the Ho’ble Chief Minister, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, and the Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai - Shri Ajoy Mehta, Shiv Sena MP - Shri Rahul Shewale, Shri Aditya Thackeray, and Shri Rais Sheikh of the Samajwadi Party
for their invaluable support and who were instrumental in facilitating the
Datwani, President, Hotel and
Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) said, “We are happy that the
Govt. is doing its bit in encouraging tourism. It has been our plea to unlock
the huge potential that terraces offer by allowing them to be operated as
leisure or recreational spaces. Sky Bars and Roof-top Cafes are an emerging
trend across the world and Mumbai, despite being the commercial capital of
India lacked the policy for allowing these activities. This is a welcome
decision which many International tourists as well as Mumbaikars will appreciate.
Mumbai’s coastline and skyline offer interesting and enchanting views of the
city. It was our contention that Mumbai too should be able to showcase its beauty
and make it possible for patrons to enjoy an evening of dining under the stars.
This clubbed with the nightlife operations would make Mumbai truly one of the
The MCGM’s circular cited Mumbai as being one of the
biggest business and tourist hubs of the country which attracts a huge number
of domestic and international tourists. Mumbai is also a preferred destination
for many international visitors as a tourist embankment for travelling to
various places in India.