Since the last days, there is quite a huge campaign going on for The Event of the forthcoming weekend, i.e the pilot project of making the Capital run under the 24/7 concept.
Let me tell you, I am totally for making Port Louis run round the clock.
At 5pm, all roads of the capital are practically desert, with only a few people running towards the bus stations. Let me tell you, all the shops, TabaJs, everything is closed. You can only rely on the few shops near the bus stations. No drug stores (Pharmacy) nor any supermarkets.
Anyone looking for food can tell you, most of the restos are closed at 9am. If you need food after 9am pm, goto Caudan Waterfront.
People worried about their security
There has been so much debate on the different media on this topic.
Most people are voicing out their main concern, i.e. the security aspect.
Indeed, as I would say that it is not only a desolate scene every evening, but also, risky for anyone (specially girls) to venture out alone on the roads.
I don’t really think that this concept will be a success, under the present conditions prevailing in the island including the numerous “Vole a la tire” and car robberies. People are already afraid of walking alone in the streets, and now you are encouraging them to come in the night?
In my opinion, the government should first make our streets more secure. The installation of the CCTV cameras and the presence of more police officers will be of great help to discourage thieves.Â These are only a few measures that will ensure the success of a Capital running 24/7.
However, I admit it, it will so much useful (and fun) to have everything running round the clock, like
- going to the restos at anytime (without heading to Caudan).
- doing some transactions at night (for those working on shift systems)
The organising committee has got it right, the only way to attract people is to offer Promotional Prices at night. I can’t see any other way to encourage people to go for shopping instead of watching tv or sleeping!
Ok, then why this title “Ene fausse 24/7?”
lol, simply because everything will be closed at midnight… a sort of paradox to the concept they are trying to introduce 😛
Lets wait to see the real thing in action, this weekend!
[image source from bracoute (flickr)]