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Day after highway liquor ban: Chandigarh restaurants, bars wear a deserted look

Restaurants, bars and pubs in most of the sectors of the city wore a deserted look on Saturday with the Supreme Court order banning the sale and serving of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways coming into effect.

punjab Updated: Apr 04, 2017 11:30 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
A deserted bar in Sector 26 in Chandigarh on Saturday evening.
A deserted bar in Sector 26 in Chandigarh on Saturday evening.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Restaurants, bars and pubs in most of the sectors of the city wore a deserted look on Saturday with the Supreme Court order banning the sale and serving of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways coming into effect.

The worst-hit were Sectors 26 and 35, which otherwise remain jam-packed with youngsters. Just half a dozen families were seen in the Sector-26 market.

Two outlets of Brew Estate in Sectors 35 and 26 were closed. Mangat Singh Rawat, manager, Brew Estate, Sector 26, said, “The decision has badly impacted the hospitality industry. Both our outlets in Chandigarh are closed. We received over 600 customers any day but we had hardly any today.”

“We only get time on weekends to party and this place is near to my home. Now, I will have to go to some far-off place for this,”said Harman Gill, a city resident who had come along with his friends to party.

The Ekkam Restaurant and Bar, Sector 26, was empty barring a group of youngsters having meal. “Last Saturday, there were 400 people and today there are just 10 or 12. The business has been badly hit by one decision. This is a family restaurant, where people come and have light drinks,” said Ekant Chawla, the manager of the restaurant. At F Bar in the same sector, only two girls were seen.

“The place remains fully occupied on weekends. But today, hardly 10 people visited the bar. I do not now how the industry will survive? At the end poor people employed in bars like Barmen, stewards, security staff and bouncers will end up losing their jobs,” said Gurinder Singh, assistant manager.

“It is quite depressing, as we are the only two having meal in the restaurant,” said Himani Sharma, a city resident.

The liquor and wine shop located in sector 26 had displayed a board stating that the shop has been shifted.

Similarly, at Swagath there were only 5-10 people instead of around 400 people visiting the area on weekends.