Shifting of liquor Outlets: Kerala to File Plea Seeking 3 Months Time
Apr 05 2017 by Ken Ortega
India, which has a network of 250,000 kilometres (155,000 miles) of national and state highways, tops the world's deadliest roads.
The Kerala government, which faces a revenue loss of Rs 5,000 crore because of the Supreme Court order to clear highways of liquor outlets, has made a decision to ask for three months to find alternative sites to relocate them.
The Chief Minister claimed the ban will have "no major impact" on state revenue.
In cities like Mumbai, where considerable stretches of highway pass through thickly populated areas and marketplaces, such roads will be handed over to local authorities. However, Rajasthan isn't the only state to do so.
Take cities such as Gurgaon and Chandigarh. "We are pegging the loss of revenue to about 40%", Pradeep Shetty, member of the legal committee at the Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India told Economic Times. The amount could be as high as Rs 5,000-6,000 crore every year.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have exemption to shut sale of liquor until June 30 and September 30, respectively. Complying with the Supreme Court order, as many as 3,320 TASMAC outlets have been closed across the State with immediate affect, top Government sources said.
In Gurgaon, the Haryana excise department is using "motorable distance" to measure the 500-metre distance from pubs, restaurants and shops.
"Motorable distance" refers to the actual distance traveled to the location as against making the measurement in a straight line from the highway.
Image: An alcohol shop on the state highway remains shut after the apex court's ruling.
"I want to ask the Punjab government to find a way out as marriage palaces, hotels are facing closure (because of the order)", said Badal. "The final decision will be taken by the government but I have suggested making a request to the Centre to seek Presidential Reference".
The two express highways that reach nearly 25 km into Mumbai have some of the busiest stretches of bars, permit rooms and restaurants, many housed in starred hotels, in Andheri, Goregaon, Bandra, Borivli, Thane, Dahisar, Mira Road, Kandivli, Chembur, Kurla, and so on.