The Supreme Court ruling banning liquor sale within 500 metres of national and state highways, which is likely to hurt liquor trade and business in pubs and bars in Gurgaon’s five-star hotels and DLF Cyber Hub, has evoked strong reactions from locals on social media.
While many regulars at Cyber Hub and Sector 29 voiced their displeasure over the proposal to shut down all bars and night spots in these areas, some others welcomed the move.
A number of people gave voice to their feelings on social media, reacting to the apex court directive .
“Good decision but restaurant in malls and hotels should be kept out of this decision cuz main purpose of Supreme Court ruling (is) to stop thekas (liquor vends) on highways and prevent drinking while driving (sic),” Raunak Goel, a local, posted in social media in response to the HT story on how 34 bars and pubs in Cyber Hub and those in several five-star hotels along the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and Sohna Road could be impacted by this judgement.
Another Facebook user, Sanjeev Unnithan, wrote, “Having a drink peacefully has become a problem. As if bars on highway are (the) main reason(s) for accidents. Those who want to drink will drink whether it is (at) a bar at highway or (the) interiors and those who drive responsibly will always drive with responsibility (sic).”
However, many spoke glowingly of the move as well. “Talk to victims of ill effect of liquor (sic),” posted Nirbhay Kumar on social media. Another Facebook user, Dwivedi Rakesh, posted, “Good decision by the Supreme Court.”
Corporate firm employees and IT professionals are regular visitors to these bars and pubs after office hours and also on weekends. The majority of them said that there is no place in entire Delhi-NCR that offers such variety of food, liquor, and wine.
“We regularly visit Sector 29 on weekends. The night spots are alive and the ambience is electric. Most pubs serve very good beer at reasonable rates. It has taken years for the Sector 29 market to come this far and the ban on bars and pubs will deal a huge blow to the throbbing night life here,” Amit Sangwan, senior manager, India Bulls, said.
The IT and corporate professionals who are regulars at DLF CyberHub said the area offers a unique ambience and almost gives one an impression of being somewhere abroad.
“DLF CyberHub is home to some upscale restaurants that offer fine dining experience. They are on par with the world’s best and cater to both local and global customers. It is a very secure part of the city and the night spots here are mostly visited by professionals. Women, too, feel very safe here,” Rakesh Dhankhar, senior manager, Mitsubishi Electric, said.
The majority of visitors said these are two of the most happening places in Gurgaon and once at CyberHub, one feels far removed from the chaotic traffic snarls and pollution that bedevil the city.
“Home to a number of multi-cuisine restaurants and bars, CyberHub is an ideal place for locals, especially youths, to hang out with friends and binge on cricket. Even musical concerts held here get good crowds. Good food and beverage makes this place what it is and is the reason why it draws a sizeable corporate crowd, especially on weekends. There’s the Ambience Mall for visitors to indulge in some shopping as well. The ban on liquor shops, if imposed, will be akin to taking the life out of this place. It will wither away and die,” said Gaurav Roy, an MNC executive.
“It is a great place to catch up with friends and grab a drink or two. The food is awesome and the ambience is terrific. I just hope this place stays the way it is,” Nitin Sharma, an IT professional, said.
“The eating places here cater to all kinds of customers. Be it kids, families or couples, the eateries here offer the best in food and ambience to everyone. They offer paking in case the visitors wish to spend long hours here. A government ban on bars and pubs will rob this place of everything that it has come to represent. It won’t be the same anymore,” Nagai San, a Japanese expat based in Gurgaon over the last three years and a regular at DLF CyberHub, said.
The visitors said they will support the pub and bar owners in opposing this proposal.