MUMBAI, Jan. 21 -- Which department gets to decide if Mumbai can stay open 24x7 - labour, home or excise? The confusion over the jurisdiction, even after tourism minister said Mumbai's nightlife proposal can be implemented from January 26, may act as a hurdle in its implementation.

The situation is similar to two years ago. While the state amended the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act in September 2017 to allow shops and establishments to operate around-the-clock, there was no clarity over the existing rules and restrictions of the home department. Following the Model Shops and Establishments Act 2016 passed by the Centre, the law only barred liquor-serving outlets from operating ...