Liquor ban: Distance to five Gurgaon hotels to be measured again
The distance of five hotels from the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway will be measured again following new guidelines of the Haryana governmentgurgaon Updated: Apr 24, 2017 23:56 IST
Authorities in Gurgaon will on Tuesday once again measure the distance of five hotels from the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway following new guidelines of the Haryana government. The guidelines direct that the distance to the point of sale of alcohol be considered for the Supreme Court’s ban.
The apex court had ordered last year that no shop, restaurant or establishment is allowed to sell or serve alcohol within 500 metres of a national or state highway.
Following the new guidelines, officials will on Tuesday measure the distance to The Leela Ambience, The Oberoi, Trident, Fortune (Manesar), and the Haryana tourism complex in Sultanpur bird sanctuary.
“The committee members will again measure the distance of these hotels from the highway on Tuesday. We will submit our report to the deputy commissioner in two days after verifying the sanctioned maps of the establishments,” said HC Dahiya, excise and taxation commissioner (West), Gurgaon.
Although the measurement for the five outlets was carried out on April 11, the Haryana government released fresh guidelines a few days ago saying that the distance to the point of sale should be measured instead of the establishment’s entry point.
Excise officials said the five establishments had changed their entry and exit points and had demanded another measurement till the point of sale.
A team of officials from the district administration, excise department, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), state public works department (PWD), and the police will conduct the measurement.
Committee members are scheduled to hold discussions, after which they will release the final report of these five hotels.
Among other Gurgaon areas, the distance of hotels in Udyog Vihar will be measured from the edge of the highway to the point of sale. Also, three pubs/bars of Sector 30 and Sohna Road will be affected as their point of sale falls within 500 metres, according to excise officials.
However, the excise department has no clarity on how to measure motorable distances for establishments in malls. They are unsure whether the distance to the point of sale should be measured by the staircases or lifts.
Some pub/bar owners have started measuring the distance by staircases and lifts on their own before the authorities do so. “We are not sure whether the committee members will measure the distance from the basement or the entrance,” said a pub owner in Sector 30.
The fate of the remaining hotels and pubs/bars will be decided later this week as Monday’s meeting in this regard was cancelled due to officials’ commitment to other engagements, committee members said.
Among the prominent watering holes in Gurgaon, CyberHub was found to be 1,900 metres from the edge of service lane of the highway and Sector 29 was found to be 853 metres away.