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Renaming of state highways: HC dismisses plea of Madhya Marg restaurant owners

 The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by seven hotel and restaurant owners challenging the UT administration’s decision to not rename Madhya Marg as a major district road. The petition was listed before the HC bench of justices Rajesh Bindal and HS Sidhu. 

punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2017 09:09 IST
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Seven hotel and restaurant owners has challenged UT administration’s decision to not rename Madhya Marg as a major district road.
Seven hotel and restaurant owners has challenged UT administration’s decision to not rename Madhya Marg as a major district road.

 The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by seven hotel and restaurant owners challenging the UT administration’s decision to not rename Madhya Marg as a major district road. The petition was listed before the HC bench of justices Rajesh Bindal and HS Sidhu. 

On March 16, the UT had redesignated several state highways as major district roads, leaving out the Madhya Marg. On March 29, a HC bench had upheld the UT’s decision, paving way for the administration to allow more liquor vends in its excise policy 2017-18 and bar licences. 

These petitioners had argued that the UT’s decision was “discriminatory”. The effect of the notification is that thy had, effectively, been thrown out of business.

In the present case, similarly-situated premises in other parts of city are carrying on the business, whereas petitioners have been restrained from selling any liquor, which has put their very viability in question, they had argued.

WHAT IS THE ISSUE
  • On March 16, the UT had redesignated several state highways as major district roads, leaving out the Madhya Marg.
  • On March 29, a HC bench had upheld the UT’s decision, paving way for the administration to allow more liquor vends in its excise policy 2017-18 and bar licences.
  • These petitioners had argued that the UT’s decision was “discriminatory”.

There is no rationality or intelligible criteria on the basis of which the premises situated on the Madhya Marg have been differentiated with other similarly situated premises, the court was told. 

The HC is yet to release its detailed order.

The 2005 notification of naming certain category of roads as state highways was modified in March 2017 and state highways renamed as major district roads, following the Supreme Court’s order directing all states and union territories to not allow serving of liquor up to 500 metre from the edge of a state or national highway. 

The Madhya Marg neither touches Mullanpur on Punjab side nor Panchkula on Haryana side. The road between Transport Chowk and PGIMER is called Madhya Marg. It is not a road between two states, the petitioners had argued. However, court did not agree with the arguments.