In a big win for youth and civic groups, the state government has decided to extend the deadline for nightlife in the city till 1 am. While eateries and restaurants can now remain open till 1 am every day of the week, liquor shops and bars will be allowed to do so only on Friday and Saturday.
The decision, which comes after incessant demands to lift the 11.30 pm deadline in the city, may help the Congress party attract the votes of youths and IT-BT professionals.
Home Minister KJ George announced the decision on Saturday in Vidhana Soudha. He said the extension till 1 am has been approved on a trial basis in response to demand from a section of society. “The government order will soon reach the concerned departments including excise and police,” George said.