The lack of clear guidelines on setting up liquor vends in green belts has further raised ambiguity over the issue.
The ongoing legal battle over liquor vends and ahatas on green belts across Gurgaon has taken an interesting turn with the government contending in court last week that it has been following the existing excise policy but the policy per se doesn’t refer to any restriction on vends running on green belts.
On March 7, a notice was issued to the government on a petition filed by Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) councillor from ward number 30 Nisha Singh in which she cited a story that appeared in the Hindustan Times on March 6 as her “cause of action”.
According to the Haryana Excise Policy, 2012-13, liquor vends cannot run in 150-metre radius of schools, colleges, hospitals and places of worship.
Interestingly, the excise policy does not mention any such restriction in the case of green belts. As a result, about 60 vends have sprung up over the years.
Before taking the present plea that the government was following the excise policy, the counsel had, on March 28, argued in court that the petitioner had not followed the right procedure in filing the case.
Meanwhile, Singh moved an application for an early hearing which is scheduled for April 9.