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Not a Joke: Gurgaon’s CyberHub Could Go Dry From 1 April

The Supreme Court has mandated that liquor cannot be sold within 500 meters of an state or national highway.

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The Supreme Court has mandated that liquor cannot be sold within 500 meters of an state or national highway. (Photo: iStock)

Thirty-four bars and pubs in Gurgaon’s CyberHub are facing an uncertain future as there’s a risk of them not being allowed to serve liquor from 1 April, as Hindustan Times reports.

The Supreme Court has mandated that liquor cannot be sold within 500 meters of national and state highways.

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Another 109 pubs and 43 liquor vendors have been identified by the excise department who stand to lose their licenses in compliance with the apex court’s order.

Bars located in several 5-star hotels and resorts along the expressways are also in the danger zone.

On 15 December, the Supreme Court had directed states and union territories to stop the liquor sales along highways and along the service lanes next to them.

Administration and police departments have been asked to chalk out a plan in all states for the enforcement of the order, within a month.

Closure of the 43 vendors will result in a revenue loss of Rs 70.81 crore per year. Pubs and bars on Sohna Road and in Sector 29 are also likely to be affected.

We will comply with the orders of the Supreme Court. We have conducted a survey and will shortly submit the report to the headquarters.
Aruna Singh, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Gurgaon

Owners of pubs are planning to meet the excise department officials to get clarity on the issue.

Restaurants are being targeted unjustifiably. A restaurant is the safest place for an individual to drink and at least more than three-and-a-half lakh employees face the risk of losing jobs.
Arvind Kumar, General Manager, Wine Company

“Due to a lack of description in the ruling, all food and beverages outlets have come under the scanner. Let’s hope that the Supreme Court will explain this and give us a realistic guideline of the ruling,” Goumtesh Singh, owner, Raasta Cafe.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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