The excise department is looking to bring the smile back on the faces of the owners of liquor outlets as well as customers, after being forced to close down due to an order of the Supreme Court on sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways, but the effect is not on expected lines. This has happened after going through a re-measurement exercise and extending some of the outlets relief order through a special committee. This has led to the lifting of the ban from over 25 outlets by the excise commissioner, and now as many as 15 liquor shops in Gurgaon’s Sector 29 have begun serving alcohol from Tuesday. Although the ban has been lifted, officials at these outlets reported the buyers did not turn up leaving them with low sales. However, they have blamed “lack of awareness” among them about the latest orders according to The Indian Express. They expect things to change as days go by. Meanwhile, the pubs in CyberHub are still waiting for the final verdict of the excise commissioner on whether they can open or not.
These outlets have been closed for almost a month now after the order of the apex court and therefore, they said some time is required to put things back in order. Talking to The Indian Express, Rahul Singh, head of the National Restaurant Association of India’s (NRAI), Haryana Chapter said, “liquor serving outlets had closed down for a certain period of time and now they will take a while to become functional.”
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Last year on December 15, 2016, the SC had ordered that licenses of existing shops along national and state highways will not be renewed after March 31 as drunken driving leads to fatal road accidents.