In a move that has been perceived as funny by many, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has asked all the councillors to prepare a list of liquor vends operating in their areas and give suggestions about their relocation plans in just one day.
The letter was issued on Wednesday to all 35 elected representatives and several of them termed the move as an “eyewash”, saying the task is practically impossible to be completed in such a short time.
“I am really disappointed with the attitude of the department, which does not seem to be serious in removing the liquor vends from residential areas as well as from green belts. In one day, how can we do survey and prepare a report by Thursday,” councillor Nisha Singh told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
Another councillor Rishi Raj Rana said the notice seeks his opinion on the location of liquor vends and suggestions on shifting or relocation.
“I have been asked to get back with my comments and suggestions by February 23. I am sure that the corporation is not serious at all.” As per the excise and taxation department rule, no liquor vend can operate within 150 meter of religious sites, schools, hospitals and other such places. But many such vends are operating well within the restricted areas.
For the councillor whose opinion is mandatory for the department to amend the provision, one day is a very short period to get feedback from the residents.
“We have requested to extend the date till February 29,” said Nisha Singh.
Meanwhile, a majority of municipal corporation councillors are of the opinion that the liquor vends should be relocated in market places.