After two liquor vends that were operating on municipal corporation (MC) land did not move, after expiration of their contract, the civic body on Thursday razed them. The MC was charging annual fee from these liquor vends, but the contract got over on March 31, after which the liquor vends were sent notices to vacate the MC land.
However, as the vend at Dhandari on the national highway and another near PUDA ground on Chandigarh Road did not move out, they were demolished.
Besides, these liquor vends were also violating the directions that banned liquor vends on highways. Therefore, it was decided in the recent meeting of the finance and contract committee that no new contracts would be awarded.
There were nine liquor vends in Zone B, besides two in Zone A and one in Zone C that were operating on MC land.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the officials had taken action against two liquor vends in Chowani Mohalla and near Ludhiana Railway Station.
Abdul Sattar, superintendent of tehbazari wing, Zone B, said, “The staff at liquor vend in Dhandari assured us that they would themselves remove the vend. Thereafter, the vend was removed completely.”
He added that the liquor vend near PUDA ground was sealed. But the drinking space besides it was removed.
“We had issued notices to the liquor vends, but they were not vacated. There were nine liquor vends in Zone B. We will take action on other liquor vends as per directions of higher authorities,” he said.
When contacted, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “As per the policy of the excise and taxation department, no liquor vend can operate on the highway.
We are following the norms and will decide on what action should be taken on the remaining vends. If these liquor vends are not violating any norm, then we can reconsider the matter.”