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SC liquor ban: Last leg of measurement for pubs,bars carried out on Monday

The measurement team will submit their report to the deputy commissioner on Tuesday

gurgaon Updated: May 15, 2017 23:50 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
Liquor ban,Supre Court Liquor Ban,Sohna Road
The team which conducted the measurement also included excise department officials.(HT PHOTO)

A committee formed by the deputy commissioner (DC) on April 1 re-measured the distance from the highway for five establishments serving or selling liquor in Sector 30, Sohna Road, Sultanpur and Manesar on Monday.

The team, which included excise department officials, will submit its report to the DC on Tuesday. The report will include the measurement and the layout plans of the pubs and bars measured. This was the last leg of the measurement to be conducted in Gurgaon after the Supreme Court ban on the sale and serving of liquor within a 500-metre motorable distance of state and national highways.

Later, the court reduced the 500-metre distance to 220 metres in municipal areas with a population of less than 20,000, situated near highways. This relaxation might benefit the Haryana Tourism complex in the Sultanpur bird sanctuary.

“We will submit our report to the DC on Tuesday, after which the committee members will take the decision. We need to discuss and get details from Sultanpur village regarding the population. For the rest, we will prepare the final report on Tuesday,” said HC Dahiya, deputy excise and taxation commissioner (West).

Read I Gurgaon CyberHub pubs may escape SC highway liquor ban

On Monday, the team started taking measurements at 8am from Ninkasi Brewery and Bottles & Barrels in Sector 30 and later went to Sohna Road and Manesar. The last place to be measured was the Haryana tourism complex on Farukkhnagar Road. Officials remained tight-lipped regarding the entire exercise.

“We were not aware that the measurement will take place on Monday. We were expecting it last week. Although officials have not shared the meter reading with us, we are out of the SC ban limit. The distance was around 527 metres,” said Baljeet Rathee, director, Ninkasi Brewery.

The SC ban had affected 115 pubs and bars in the city. On May 4, a total of 33 CyberHub pubs cleared the 500-metre limit and started serving alcohol. Another 69 pubs and bars have also started serving liquor, but the watering holes in Sector 30 and Sohna Road are yet to do so.

These establishments were found to be within 500 metres in the first measurements, but the Haryana government later released fresh guidelines stating that the distance to the point of sale should be measured instead of the entrance of the establishment.

The maximum impact of the SC order was felt on Sohna Road where 17 bars and prominent hotels have found no way to circumvent the order.

First Published: May 15, 2017 23:50 IST