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SC liquor ban: Gurgaon CyberHub pubs get clean chit, will serve alcohol

SC liquor ban: 33 bars and restaurants in Gurgaon’s CyberHub issued liquor licences enabling them to resume service immediately

gurgaon Updated: May 05, 2017 17:35 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
The decision comes after a committee formed to measure the distance of pubs and bars from highways gave a clean chit to 33 pubs and restaurants at Gurgaon’s CyberHub on Thursday afternoon.
The decision comes after a committee formed to measure the distance of pubs and bars from highways gave a clean chit to 33 pubs and restaurants at Gurgaon’s CyberHub on Thursday afternoon. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

The city’s most popular watering hole can propose a toast again as the Haryana excise department cleared on Thursday the plea of 33 bars and restaurants in CyberHub to resume serving alcohol.

These businesses in the 200,000-square-foot Gurgaon mall were hit after the Supreme Court banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways in the country from April 1.

CyberHub is close to national highway 8 and its pubs and bars went dry after the top court put the distance cap to discourage drink driving, a major cause of fatal road accidents.

Gurgaon’s battle with booze ban
FEB 7: Following Supreme Court’s order on liquor ban within 500 metres of highways, excise department identifies 43 such liquor vends, 143 pubs and bars, including 34 in DLF Cyber Hub
FEB 8: The pub/bar owners are told their licenses will not be renewed after April 1
FEB 9: The owners meet excise commissioner and decide to move the court to seek clarity on how the distance will be calculated
FEB 13: The Haryana advocate general tells the Gurgaon excise department to measure motorable distance from the edge of the highway
FEB 28: The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Haryana files a petition in the Supreme Court seeking modification of the order
MAR 2: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi tells the Haryana government that the SC’s liquor ban directive is not applicable on bars and hotels
MAR 31: The excise department refuses to renew licences of 143 pubs and bars
APR 2: Hotel owners from Delhi-NCR meet
APR 6: 25 pubs/bars surrender their excise licences
APR 9: Committee formed to measure distance again.
APR 11: Committee measures distance between pubs and highway as 1,900 metres
APR 12: The Westin, Crowne Plaza, The Oberoi, Trident and Country Inn and Suites in Udyog Vihar measured safe.
APR 13: Excise department measures motorable distance of 14 Sector 29 establishments
APR 21: Clean chit given to 30 establishments, which include 15 pub/bars of Sector 29, 11 of Ambience Mall, Westin Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Barbet Tourist complex of Haryana Tourism, Treehouse Queens Pearl (Rajiv Chowk)
APR 25: Five-star hotels and Huda Gymkhana Club escape the ban due to jersey barriers on the road to entry

Compiled by Leena Dhankhar

A committee formed to measure the distance of bars and bottle shops from highways cleared the establishments operating from CyberHub on Thursday.

“The final report was emailed to the excise commissioner, Panchkula. These bars are in the clear zone and can start operation after renewing their liquor licences,” Gurgaon deputy commissioner Hardeep Singh said.

The city’s deputy excise and taxation commissioner (west) HC Dahiya said as much.

“The 33 pubs and bars at CyberHub can serve liquor. We will renew their licences.”

The excise authorities had banned 35 liquor outlets in CyberHub, of which two surrendered their liquor licences in April. The court ban had affected 115 pubs and bars in a city dotted with offices and factories of multinational and top Indian firms.

Sources said the state lost nearly Rs 100 crore in liquor revenue from Gurgaon in April.

The clearance covers 69 establishments banned from selling alcohol in the city, including those in CyberHub. Bars in Sector 29 and Ambience Mall have already been cleared.