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Punjab govt amends SC order, allows highway hotels to serve liquor

PTI
Published : Jun 23, 2017, 5:52 pm IST
Updated : Jun 23, 2017, 9:44 pm IST

In December last year, the Supreme Court passed a ruling forbidding sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways.

After a ruling was passed by the court last year, the Punjab Government denotified 12 stretches of state highways in April this year to provide relief to hotels and restaurants. (Photo: Representational/File)
 After a ruling was passed by the court last year, the Punjab Government denotified 12 stretches of state highways in April this year to provide relief to hotels and restaurants. (Photo: Representational/File)

Chandigarh: The Punjab Assembly on Friday passed a Bill to enable hotels, restaurants and other notified places near highways in the state to supply alcohol.

However, restriction on opening of liquor vends within 500 metres of highways will remain as per the directions of the Supreme Court issued in December last year.

The state cabinet had on Monday okayed a proposal to amend Section 26-A of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, for fixing location of liquor vends on national and state highways, thus removing hotels, restaurants and clubs from the restrictions on serving liquor within 500 metres of those roads.

The Punjab Excise (Amendment) Bill, which was moved by Parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra, was passed by the Assembly on the concluding day of its budget session.

In December last year, the Supreme Court had ordered that liquor vends located within 500 metres on national and state highways, should be closed down.

Later, it had modified the order reducing the distance to 220 metres in areas having a population of up to 20,000.

However, the apex court had made it clear that its December 15, 2016 order banning such vends within 500 metres of highways shall remain operative for other areas.

Tags: sc liquor ban, liquor ban on highways, punjab assembly, sale of liquor
Location: India, Chandigarh, Chandigarh