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Liquor vends too close for comfort, say schools

india Updated: Dec 19, 2011 01:03 IST
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Despite public outcry, liquor vends continue to come up near schools much to the chagrin of parents and school authorities. According to parents, of late, there has been a spurt in the number of liquor shops in the vicinity of schools.

The state excise rules prohibit opening of retail liquor outlets within 150 metres from recognized schools or colleges and places of worship. But, earlier this year, the Haryana government had revised its excise policy.

Now, in exceptional cases, on the recommendations of the commissioner of excise, a liquor vend can be set up within a 75-metre radius of schools. The government’s decision had triggered a debate and school authorities have been demanding a review of the policy.

According to school authorities, liquor vends are being set up flouting even 75-metre norm. A liquor vend is just 120 metres away from The Shri Ram School in DLF Phase 4, while another is located just 90 metres away from Mother’s Pride school.

The recently opened liquor shop ‘Jalsa’ is just 100-150 metres from Anand pre-school, Tara Day Care Centre and Modern Montessori International School in DLF Phase-1. Parents have also pointed out that authorities have allowed a liquor vend within 60 metres of the Summer Fields School (junior wing) near Qutub Plaza market in DLF Phase 1.

However, the liquor vend near Pratham play school is 150 metres away.

There are two liquor vends near The Shri Ram School in DLF Phase 3 on the main sector road connecting the locality from Gurgaon Expressway.

Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Anup Singh said, “We are aware of this. Liquor shops should be located at least 150 metres away from schools. We have already prepared a list of such liquor shops and plan to raise the matter before the government.”