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Liquor vends operate with impunity on highways

Even as a spurt has been witnessed in the cases of drunken driving on national highways, liquor shops continue to operate unabated on these stretches. The liquor vends have been operating despite the Punjab and Haryana high court issuing orders against the practice. This could be attributed to the alleged laxity on the part of the district administration authorities concerned.

punjab Updated: Nov 15, 2013 20:57 IST
HT Correspondent
Amritsar

Even as a spurt has been witnessed in the cases of drunken driving on national highways, liquor shops continue to operate unabated on these stretches.


The liquor vends have been operating despite the Punjab and Haryana high court issuing orders against the practice. This could be attributed to the alleged laxity on the part of the district administration authorities concerned.

Even as the figures of drunken driving accidents rise, liquor vends along highways in Majha continue to operate with impunity.

While Gurdaspur has at least 27 such vends functioning along the highways, Amritsar has around 11, Batala eight and Pathankot, six.

Assistant excise and taxation commissioner, Gurdaspur, PS Parmar, told Hindustan Times on Friday, "By ordering the closure of all 27 liquor vends, operating on the national highway in the district, the department will have to pay heavy penalty as per the agreement between the liquor contractors and the department."

Parmar, however, said the allotment of liquor vends would be discontinued in the coming fiscal.

Meanwhile, Kirpal Singh, excise and taxation officer, Batala, said the department had not received any formal orders from any authority so far.

"Appropriate action will be taken once we get the orders," he added.

Jagdish Saini, excise and taxation officer, Pathankot, and Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said surveys were being conducted to ascertain the number of liquor vends along the highways, against which action was to be taken.