A month has passed since chief administrator Krishen Lal sent guidelines to all district administrators to provide space for liquor vends in Haryana. But no action has reportedly been taken against the vends located at prohibited areas.
The guidelines strictly ban liquor vends or shops from coming up at open spaces, green belts, parking lots and parks.
At least seven shops continue to operate at prohibited zones. The liquor vends include the ones located at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk.
All of them fall under the green belt. Cars of people of come out to buy liquor are parked right outside the shops. This is another violation of the guidelines, which states that “vehicles shall be parked at the nearest designated parking lot only.
No roadside parking shall be allowed under any circumstances.” As per the guidelines, action has to be taken against offenders with effect from this financial year.
But nothing has been done so far and nobody has reportedly been booked.
A senior HUDA official, who doesn't want to be named because he is not authorised to talk to the media, denied any violation.
“All existing vends have been set up behind the green belt and not within the zone. No violation has happened. We will also take care in license proposals we get from now on,” the official said.
Another HUDA official said around 10 such vends don’t follow the new guidelines. But the kind of action to be taken against them is not clear. Officials of the excise department refused to comment on this issue.
Recently, HT reported that liquor is being sold even to school students in Gurgaon.
The recent detention of 83 students of a premier public school (most of them as young as 12) from a binge party in a city pub sent chills down the spines of many residents.
On April 5, members of the Palam Vihar Vyapar Kendra launched a signature campaign to protest against a liquor vend coming up near a playschool and temple premises.
The Palam Vihar Residents’ Association (PVRA), temple authority and the market association also wanted to stall the opening of the shop. Nearly 200 shopowners signed a petition.