As the Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor along highways comes into effect from Saturday, the Goa Excise department has formed teams to make sure that the order is followed strictly.
As the apex court order will affect over 3,000 liquor joints and shops along the highways in the state, the traders have pinned their hopes on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for solution.
Goa Excise Commissioner Menino D’Souza said the department has dispatched teams across the state to implement the order. “The order comes into force from today. The teams are on the field (to implement the order),” he said.
As per the data available with the Excise department, the SC order will affect 2,290 bars and restaurants, 789 retail liquor shops and 99 wholesale shops.
The Supreme Court on Friday modified its order banning liquor vends within 500 metres on national and state highways, reducing the distance to 220 metres in areas having a population of up to 20,000. The apex court, however, made it clear that its December 15, 2016 order banning such vends within 500 metres of highways shall remain operative for other areas.
Meanwhile, president of All Goa Liquor Traders’ Association, Dattaprasad Naik, said he the chief minister and briefed him over the issue.
“We have faith in Parrikar, who will find a solution to the problem. The state government will try to save livelihood of maximum people,” Naik told PTI.
“The chief minister has assured that the solution would be found for this problem,” he added.