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Gurgaon: Udyog Vihar industry body want liquor shop shut down

The members of the Chamber of Industries, Udyog Vihar, said they would meet excise officials soon and request necessary action as the liquor shop has emerged as a big nuisance leading to traffic jams and brawls in the area

gurgaon Updated: Apr 03, 2017 00:01 IST
Dhananjay Jha
The liquor shop at Udyog Vihar Phase 4 has been operating for 10 years.
The liquor shop at Udyog Vihar Phase 4 has been operating for 10 years.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The industry body of Udyog Vihar has decided to appeal to the excise department not to renew the licence of a liquor shop operating in Phase-IV for the past several years. The members of the Chamber of Industries, Udyog Vihar, said they would meet excise officials soon and request necessary action as the liquor shop has emerged as a big nuisance leading to traffic jams and brawls in the area.

The demand for action from the industry body followed the Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways.

C Divya Lal, an industrialist said, “We believe there should not be any liquor shop in industrial areas. We want the existing liquor shop to be shifted from Udyog Vihar.”

The solitary liquor shop in Udyog Vihar has been operating for the last 10 years despite the protest by the industry body.

“In September 2016, we lodged a complaint against liquor shop with the state industries department and the Haryana state industrial and infrastructure development corporation (Hsiidc). The officials inspected the site, but not much has happened since. Now, we are considering holding protests if liquor shop’s licence is renewed,” Raj Singla, president of Udyog Vihar Chamber, said.

Since the liquor shop is close to Old Delhi Road, a lot of vehicles are often found parked on the road, creating congestion and traffic jam.

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“Since the liquor shop opened, pedestrians, especially women, have been complaining about being subjected to lewd stares and comments from drunken men. Even poor factory workers fall for the lure of liquor and spend their money buying drinks,” Ashok Kohli, vice president of Chamber of Industries, said.

The industries will write to the Haryana government seeking direction in this regard to the excise department, which issues or renews licence at the beginning of every financial year to liquor shops on vacant lands or green belts along roads.

HC Dahiya, deputy excise and taxation commissioner, west Gurgaon, said, “We cannot withdraw or cancel the licence of a liquor shop on complaints of residents and industrialists. There are terms and conditions for issuing a licence, and if there are violations we will do the needful.”