From Today, 1st April 2017, Liquor shops on Highways will not be allowed to sale it due to Supreme Court’s order. Supreme Court declared the decision to shut down liquor shops on state and national highways.
The apex court also mentioned that hotel, pubs and restaurants on highways would also have to shut it down. This decision is taken to keep the highways safe and reduce fatal accidents.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar said, “The objective is to check drunken driving and so there is no dilution of the original order passed by this court. Drunken driving as the objective is a major cause of road accidents in the country,”
With this new decision of Supreme Court, it will affect thousands of pubs, hotels and restaurants within 500 meters from the National Highway as they will have to go dry or shut down the shop.
Delhi’s neighbor Gurgaon will also face closing of several five-star hotels on National Highway 48. As per reports in Maharashtra, this rule will affect more than 8000 vends.
On 15 December 2016, Supreme Court had ordered all liquor selling vendors within 500 metres of highways across India to relocate. This decision had come to establishment on a petition by Harman Singh Sandhu who is on wheelchair for last 20 years after a road accident. He wanted to make roads safe for everyone.
As per 2015 report, annually, around 1.4 lakh people died in fatal road accidents which is an average of 400 deaths per day.
However, Supreme Court modified its order of banning liquor shops within 500 metres on Highways, reducing the distance to 220 metres where a population is up to 20,000.
Sikkim and Meghalaya states are not covered under this decision due to mountainous area and dense jungles. Eastern states had appealed that there is no enough space for homes and shops, it would be difficult to relocate the liquor shops.
Small cities with population around 20000 can sell liquor but here also, liquor shops should not be visible from the road and it should be min. 220 metres from state highways.
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