A piece of good news for the Mumbai foodie gang! Up until now, the currently illegally operating rooftop restaurants which were shut down by BMC, can now heave a sigh of relief.

With the BMC approving the controversial rooftop open-terrace restaurants, hotels and malls can now freely and legally run them. The wining and dining with the roof-top ambience is back in action.

On Wednesday, BMC gave a green signal to the rooftop restaurant policy and issued circular stipulating norms. The policy would be implemented with immediate effect, civic officials informed.

Under the new policy, existing malls and hotels in the city can have a dining place on the terrace if there’s no residential building within 10 metres. The eateries should have a 1.5-metre parapet, and no cooking will be allowed using an LPG stove or an open flame. It will also help such hoteliers regularize their illegal restaurants.

This move happened following CM Devendra Fadnavis’s direction in September to explore the possibilities of nightlife and rooftop restaurants in the city. Also, the policy was first proposed by the Samajwadi Party in 2014, went rejected. Later, it was brought up for the second time before the civic body but this time it was backed by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and his party, which rules the BMC.

Up until now, there has been no policy for rooftop restaurants, but this much-awaited decision by BMC has brought cheer and supposedly good fortune to the hotel industry. Most of the illegally set up rooftop restaurants were in connivance of corrupt civic officials.

To cite an instance, the BMC found 36 illegal rooftop eateries in Ward A in South Mumbai, which comprises Colaba and Cuffe Parade. Most of them are set up in sea-facing buildings to attract tourists.

Quite a few restaurant chains have benefitted the most from the decision as rooftop dining is not just a luxury anymore. Owing to the space crunch in the maximum city, it is a necessity too. Totally in line with this fact, it will open up more job opportunities and also garner revenue for the state.

Keeping in line with the prescribed safety measures, it will also decongest some the crowded hotel properties.

According to Dilip Datwani, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association-Western India (HRAWI), the concept of rooftop dining will be most appreciated by foreign tourists, as this is quite a common phenomenon across the world. Only Mumbai missed it all these days.

Evidently, the prized decision has not only worked in favour of the hoteliers but also to boost the state’s tourism.

In conclusion, unlocking the roof space to create space for fine dining, sky bars and cafes was something that was long pending in the commercial capital.

The worldwide trend, which now Mumbai has gained legal access to, will provide the sought-after experience for the frequent foodies and people seeking absolute entertainment with a hint of Mumbai’s vista adding to the overall experience.

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