As directed by the chief secretary of Haryana, Gurgaon’s deputy commissioner has formed two committees to enforce the Supreme Court’s directive banning the sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways.
The members of the panel got to work on Saturday, as they visited CyberHub, Sector 29 and Sohna Road asking pub and bar owners not to sale or serve liquor till further orders.
The liquor sale was stopped at CyberHub as excise officials took note of the inventory and seized the liquor in stock at these watering holes. The stock will now be in the custody of the excise department.
The pub owners were still confused about the ruling on the motorable distance and some were hopeful that their establishments won’t be deemed to be located within 500 metres of the highway.
“We have asked the pub owners to give an undertaking in writing that their establishments do not fall within the red zone (500 metres of state or national highways). We will also involve other agencies, including highway authorities and the town planning department who will measure the distance from the outer edge of the service lane of the highway,” HC Dahiya, DETC (West), said.
Excise officials said they would start the measuring exercise from Monday.
Both the committees are headed by sub-divisional officers and the other members include officials from the excise department, police, PWD, B&R, national highway and urban local bodies.
Hardeep Singh, deputy commissioner, Gurgaon, said, “We have divided the city into two parts — new Gurgaon which includes such areas as CyberHub, Sector 29 and Sohna Road — and Old Gurgaon that includes Palam Vihar. We will ensure justice for the pub and bar owners.”
However, the pub owners are upset as liquor sales are down and they are only allowed to serve food. Their outlets only drew a trickling of customers on Saturday.
Rahul Singh, head of the Haryana chapter of National Restaurant Association of India, said, “We want the distance to be measured in the presence of the district town planner and highway authorities as per the approved master plan. Only the town planner has the detailed plan of the highways and the internal road network and will be critical to ascertaining the distance. We want the motorable distance to be measured fairly as this will give us clarity on the buffer zone.”