Government officials on Tuesday remeasured the distance of five hotels on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway as per new guidelines of Haryana government. Their distances from the highway had been measured earlier, but the Haryana government released fresh guidelines a few days ago saying the distance to the point of sale of liquor should be considered instead of an establishment’s entrance.
The committee measuring the distance released the final list of establishments falling under the red zone on Tuesday evening.
Committee members found The Leela Ambience, The Oberoi, Trident, Country Inn and Suites and Huda Gymkhana Club to be out of the 500-metre limit set by the Supreme Court for ban on sale of liquor near highways. The distance of Huda Gymkhana Club’s point of sale was found to be 519 metres.
“We will send the final report to the excise commissioner on Wednesday. The committee members have remeasured the distance of the hotels and Huda Gymkhana Club and except one, all are in the safe zone. The meeting was conducted on Tuesday and the committee members have verified the layout plans and submitted their report,” said Hardeep Singh, deputy commissioner, Gurgaon.
According to excise department officials, the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon near national highway (NH)8 fell within the red zone. The Sita Heritage resort, which had also changed its entrance, had applied for measurement, but did not submit the layout plan, hence its decision is pending.
“We have submitted Tuesday’s report to the deputy commissioner and final report will be sent to the headquarters. They (the establishments approved) will soon receive their approval to renew their licences,” said HC Dahiya, deputy excise and taxation officer (West), Gurgaon.
The Haryana government came out with its revised guidelines regarding point of sale after discussions with committee members and seeking clarity from the district town planner, senior town planner of the Town and Country Planning department and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC).
Meanwhile, 30 pubs and bars, including 15 in Sector 29, started serving liquor on Monday evening after they received the green signal from the excise department.