Liquor Ban along Highways affects Goa
The Supreme Court of India confirmed and imposed the Liquor ban throughout the country stating the ban on highways within a distance of 500 metres. This ruling came after Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who wrote the original judgment on December 15, 2016 with order, to ban sale of liquor 220 metres in areas having a population of up to 20,000.
According to the Supreme Court the ban extends not just to retail liquor outlets that sell liquor, but also to bars, pubs and restaurants located along the highways. In Goa, the hospitality sector is hard hit as it has been the state with easy booze and thousands of retails and restaurant serving alcohol.
As by the data available online, the ban will affect around 3000 bars and restaurants, retail liquor shops and wholesale shops in the state of Goa. The ban is affecting livelihoods of people involved in the tourism trade and hospitality. The court further stated said there was no question of exempting these establishments, as this would be a dilution of its object of preventing drunk driving, which is one of the major killers plaguing Indian roads.
Meanwhile, Liquor vendors from Margao have called for a Margao bandh on Monday demanding that the government properly notify the highway in the town and till then no sudden harassment to liquor vendors.
The state has already enforced measure as the Goa Excise department has formed teams to make sure that the order is followed strictly.
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