After parents protest, Gurgaon DC orders relocation of liquor vend from DLF-Phase 4
The parent body of the school as well as residents of the area had complained to the district administration against the newly opened liquor vend saying that the outlet “ was a bad influence on children”.gurgaon Updated: Jul 19, 2017 23:02 IST
A team of the deputy excise and taxation commissioner (DETC), along with the subdivisional magistrate(SDM), remeasured distance of the liquor vend in DLF Phase 4 from a school in the area on Wednesday after the intervention of the Gurgaon deputy commissioner.
The parent body of the school as well as residents of the area had complained to the district administration against the newly opened liquor vend saying that the outlet “ was a bad influence on children”.
The parents alleged that the liquor vend is where they park their cars and children have easy access to the outlet.
The excise officials met the school administration and the parent body on Wednesday and discussed the issue. According to the excise policy, no liquor vend should be operational within 150 metres of an educational institution. The excise department on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, measured the distance from all entry and exit points of the vend to the school and found it to be beyond the 150-metre limit.
Excise officials claimed that the vend was allotted keeping in mind the distance from schools in the locality. In all, four measurements were taken by the team and all of them found the vend to be a safe distance from the school.
Officials said they will take all matters into consideration and take a decision which will be in favour of parents and residents.
“We had visited the spot along with the SDM, school administration and parents. The distance from the vend to the school was measured as 164 metres. But we will still consider the issue and will try to resolve it in a manner that does not affect parents and children. The deputy commissioner had asked us to look into the issue as parents were concerned for their wards,” said Sneh Lata Yadav, DETC East.
After the measurement on Tuesday found the vend to be in the safe zone, parents had requested the deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh to shift the vend.
The residents also demanded a measurement to assess the distance of the vend from the residential complex as the entry for the school and the complex is the same.
“There were four measurements taken. The vend was found to be 130 metres from Hamilton Gate, 30 metres from the complex gate, 80 metres from the boundary wall and 164 from the exit gate. We have met the deputy commissioner and he has promised us that the shop will be shut,” Sudhir Sachdeva, a parent and resident of Sushant Lok 1.
Singh said, “The DETC and SDM had remeasured the location on Wednesday. I have received the report and it clearly mentions that the shop is beyond the 150 metre mark . But keeping in mind the sentiments of the people, we have asked the licensee to shift the shop from the present location and not to run the shop in the meanwhile. The issue is resolved.”
On Tuesday the excise officials also measured the distance of other liquor vends in Sector 14, Manesar and Bilaspur and found them to be operational in safe zones.