From April 1, no retail liquor outlet will be allowed to operate within a distance of 150 metres from the main gate of recognised schools or colleges or places of worship or hospitals. This was informed by the excise and taxation department on Tuesday.
The department has decided to change its earlier decision of 2011 about allowing liquor vends even within 75 metres of school premises. Though prior to 2011, the state excise rules prohibited opening of retail liquor outlets within 150 metres of recognised schools or colleges and places of worship, the Haryana government has revised its excise policy this year.
However, in exceptional cases and on the recommendations of the commissioner of excise, a liquor vend could be set up within the 75-metre radius of schools.
Haryana excise and taxation minister Kiran Choudhry had said on Monday that no retail liquor outlet would be allowed within a distance of 150 metres from the main gate of educational institutions or colleges or places of worship from April 1.