Mumbai, Jan. 23 -- The Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday allowed malls, multiplexes and shops in non-residential areas in Mumbai to function round the clock from the next week.

Endorsing the idea, Aaditya Thackeray made a formal presentation to the Cabinet on Wednesday. Thackeray clarified that the rules of the state excise department will continue to apply to discotheques, beer bars and permit rooms that serve liquor and those will continue to operate till 1.30 am.

"We have decided to roll out the policy in identified areas after a discussion with the municipal and police commissioner of Mumbai," Thackeray said.

He said the concept will help the state government in improving revenue and job generation. "We have 5 lakh people working in t...