Bangalore To Close Down Hundreds Of Liquor Vendors & Pubs Due To Highway Ban

Posted at June 27th, 2017 | by Shivani Goel | in News, Nightlife

It seems like Indian citizens are being penalized for having too much fun. The July 1st ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of a highway has led to closure notices being handed out to hundreds of liquor vendors in Bangalore and across Karnataka. Popular establishments on MG RoadBrigade Road, Church Street, Indiranagar, and areas around Hosur Road, have been given notice.

 

It reads: “…As per the SC order, we are instructed to close any shop selling alcohol within 500 metres from national and state highways by June 30. The relaxation (under Karnataka Excise Act) that liquor could be served in these areas given that they are within the city and have a population of more than 20,000 has also been struck down.” 

 

 

It’s the governments loss as well. “With closure of these outlets, we are looking at a licence fee loss of Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crore,” said excise commissioner Rajendra Prasad. Relocation seems impossible with sex highways mapped across the city. A 5 star hotel GM said, “There is a lot of confusion over which is a highway and which is not… We are in talks with NHAI and the state government. We hope to remain operational.”

 

Source: Times Of India

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