Liquor Open In Urban Highways


The State Government today instructed Excise Permit (EP) holders to re-open their excise shops operating earlier along the Highways falling within the limits of Municipal areas. 

 
Secretary, Excise Department Vir Vikram Yadav instructed the Excise Commissioner to implement a recent order of the Supreme Court which allows EP holders to re-open their excise shops along Highways falling within limits of Municipal areas.
 
Issuing instructions Mr.Yadav stated that the EP holders of Excise shops operating earlier along the Highways within the Municipal/NAC limits which have been relocated by now beyond 500 metre shall be allowed for re-sitement, if the licensees of such shops make application for the same.
 
 It added that the EP holders are allowed to re-open their excise shops operating along the highways falling within the limits of Notified Area Councils. 
 
It is said that all these operations are to be undertaken keeping in view the applicability of Excise laws on the subject and there shall not be any infraction to the provisions of law laid down for opening of such shops these shall be done in accordance with law. 
 
Earlier in absence of such a directive liquor shops on National Highway stretches that fall within the limits of cities and towns were waiting to stage a comeback.
 
The State governments of Delhi, West Bengal and Kerala have already notified for opening the liquor shops on the stretches of State and National Highways in Urban Limits, while Odisha Government opted for Legal Advice. 
 
After receiving the Apex Court Order, the State Government, which has set a target of Rs 3,600 crore revenue from Excise sector, had consulted senior legal experts.
 
After receiving Legal Advice, the State Government has allowed the same, said sources.
 
This will help out at least 178 liquor shops, hotels and restaurants to open their liquor selling counters for the customers.  

When the Apex Court banned liquor sale along Highways on 15 December, 2016, the State Government closed down 1,167 liquor shops from midnight of 31 March. 
 
Now with this order, collection of Excise Revenue will receive a boost, feel officials.
 
Notably, Excise Revenue Collection up to 31 August registered a growth of 10 Percent, which was done due to continuous monitoring and enforcement by the Secretary Excise Mr.Yadav, said sources.
 


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