Turns out that Mumbai’s two major highways that connect the suburban commuter belt to the country’s financial hub are no longer highways. Ergo, the bars and the restaurants along the Western Express Highway are now free to serve alcohol to their customers since the apex court restrictions fall null and void to these vends now that the classification of these roads has been changed.
The Excise department on Friday started off with de-sealing the bars and the restaurants situated along the two roads after the state government called the shots to denotify them as highways. The government stated that the ownership of both the roads lies with the planning corporation that builds the Mumbai Metro Railway and the flyovers in the city and it would manage the operations of both the highways for the next five years. This de notification proposal came in on Friday noon and is applicable to the suburbs as well as both the Eastern and the Western Express Highways.
Both the motorways stem out from the roads that link the distant suburbs to the broader highway network. The Western Express Highway that more or less corresponds to the Western Line on the suburban railway of Mumbai stems from the road that leads to Gujarat in the north. Likewise, the Eastern Express Highway goes beyond the Central Line on the commuter railway map of Mumbai and finally ends in a highway grid that connects to the Central Maharashtra.