Today all liquor shops within 500 Meters of National and State Highways across the State have been shut down following an order passed by the Supreme Court on Friday.
State Government without batting an eyelid sealed all the On and Off Liquor shops and closed the Bars in the Hotels and Restaurants, which came under this banned zone.
This action has resulted in sealing of 1167 Liquor Selling Shops including 456 Off shops, 205 Restaurants, 60 Hotels, 74 Country Spirits Shops, 51 Beer Parlors 9 Out Still (OS) Shops, 311 OS Branch Shops and 1 Military canteen.
Closing down of these Liquor Selling Centers will heavily impact Excise Revenue Collection in the State to the tune of Rs.1100 Core, said Damodar Rout, Minister Excise.
As the Apex Court ruled that there should be no liquor vendors within 500 meters of Highways across the country, the Department of Excise never renewed the license for 2017-18, said Dr.Rout.
The Court, however, exempted Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh and also areas with a population of up to 22,000 people from the ban.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar also clarified that bars, pubs and restaurants that serve liquor would come under the purview of the Supreme Court Order and accordingly 265 Hotels and Restaurants running Bars have been sealed, said an official.
The Bench was hearing a plea by liquor vendors' associations from several states which sought a modification of the Apex Court's December 2016 verdict
that had mainly targeted liquor vendors that sell, and not serve, liquor.
The SC also modified the 500-metre cap rule for the state of Himachal Pradesh and areas along the highways with a population of 22,000 people.