Owners of eating places and pubs within the metropolis welcomed the decision taken by the Delhi government to permit them to stay open until 3 am. They mentioned it’s going to reinforce the nightlife and tourism, which in flip will assist get better the losses their companies have confronted because of the pandemic.
Currently, eating places in Delhi can keep open until 12 am and pubs until 1 am. While a proper order has not been issued as of now for eating places to stay open until 3 am, officers mentioned it’s prone to be out quickly.
Zorawar Kalra, proprietor of Farzi Café, Massive Restaurants, mentioned, “It will have a huge positive impact on the entire industry and the economy of the city as all stakeholders will benefit. The government benefits due to added tax and excise collections. The employees benefit due to added shifts requiring additional people. The customers benefit as they get a vibrant nightlife and the freedom to dine at whatever time they choose. And the industry benefits due to the potential of added revenues.”
Riyaaz Amlani, CEO of Impresario Handmade Restaurants, which runs enterprises like Social and Smoke House Delhi, mentioned the transfer is not going to solely promote nightlife but in addition reinforce tourism. “I think it is a welcome move and it has been in the pipeline for a while. We thank the Delhi government for pushing this through. This will not just mean immediate benefit of better business to a beleaguered industry, especially after Covid, but it will also give a tremendous leg up to tourism and make Delhi a much more attractive destination for people who want to stay,” he mentioned.
“Any city in the world which has fantastic tourism also has an amazing nightlife. The most visited cities in the world, whether it be New York, London, Dubai or Hong Kong, the one thing they all have in common is the nightlife,” mentioned Amlani.
Rahul Singh, Founder and CEO of The Beer Café, mentioned the transfer had been within the offing for a while and the choice to increase timings was essential given the insurance policies of the neighbouring states.
“This is what the Excise Policy which came in effect on November 17, 2021 always had but it had not been implemented. This has to be in line with the other states. Uttar Pradesh has the provision to allow operations till 4 am and Haryana has the provision till 6 am which has yesterday been extended to 8 am. If I have Noida till 8 am and Gurgaon till 6 am, what stops Delhi from extending till 3 am?” he requested.
“The entire industry has been battered during the pandemic. This is the only way to bounce back. A lot of people might say what about law and order? There’s provisions to operate 24×7 at airports and railway stations, do you see a law and order problem there? The more people there are on the streets, the more vibrant it is. Law and order problems happen when there are no people on the streets, not the other way around,” mentioned Singh.