Odisha mulling ways to escape liquor sale order

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first_imgThe Odisha government is considering changing the status of its roads soon after Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra did the same in an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and State highways. States like Goa, Haryana and West Bengal, too, are mulling the same to escape the 500-metre cap.According to a notification issued by the State Works Department, all sections of roads within the limits of the municipal corporations, notified area councils, headquarters of sub-divisions, blocks and tehsils have been classified as ‘urban roads’.“These roads shall be worked on taking into account all aspects under the State Plan for improvement of urban roads. This notification does not cover national highways passing through urban areas,” the department said.‘No notification’“We are yet to receive a copy of the notification. If classification of roads has been changed, then there should not be any hindrance in opening liquor shops. The notification, however, will be thoroughly examined before a decision is taken,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Excise Secretary (Odisha).Most liquor outlets along the national and State highways have been shut since April 1 after the SC observed that drunken driving was one of the major causes behind accidents.The Odisha government, however, has been worried about the cascade effect of the ban. Besides the loss to excise revenue, tourism and hospitality industries have also been hit by the decision.last_img

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