Noida: Liquor shop was set up before hospital, cannot be relocated, says DEO
The excise department officials said that a liquor shop in Sector P-3, which is located only 50 metres from a hospital, cannot be relocated as the shop was set up before the hospital was developed. However, the officials of Indian Medical Association have demanded an amendment to the rule in the excise manual.noida Updated: Apr 18, 2017 22:39 IST
The excise department officials said that a liquor shop in Sector P-3, which is located only 50 metres from a hospital, cannot be relocated as the shop was set up before the hospital was developed. However, the officials of Indian Medical Association have demanded an amendment to the rule in the excise manual.
Kuldeep Yadav, the district excise officer, Gautam Budh Nagar, said on Saturday, “As per the excise manual, distance norms do not apply if any place of public worship, school, hospital or residential colony is developed after the liquor shop has been set up.”
He said,“As per the manual, there is no mention of not renewing the licence of such shops. Unless the act is amended, we will go by the existing manual.”
Dr AK Aggarwal, the president of Indian Medical Association, said,”We are writing to the excise commissioner for amending this rule. Liquor shops should be located at least more than 500 metres away. Existing shops should be relocated once hospitals are developed. The licence of such shops should not be renewed once the hospital is set up near it. Otherwise, the authority should not allot land for a hospital at a location that has a liquor shop nearby.”
Further, the distance is calculated from door to door. Suppose a hospital has a boundary wall tha
t is 150 metres long and the gate is located in the centre, liquor shop can be set up along the boundary wall if it is located farther than the minimum distance, as per the excise manual.
“There is also need for amending the rules of measuring the distance,” said Aggarwal.
As per the manual, a hospital implies a medical facility that is managed or owned by a local authority, state or Central government. It also includes private facilities that have a provision of at least 50 beds and is registered with the urban or rural local body.
This also implies that liquor shops can be set up near small nursing homes, which usually have 15 beds.
Dr KC Sood, representative of the Association of Medical Clinics of Noida and the director of Rashmi Medical Centre, said on Saturday, “We will write to the excise commissioner for an amendment in the excise manual, to include nursing homes as well, under the distance rule for banning setting up of liquor shops.”
Colleges also demanded an amendment to the act. Dr DK Garg, a representative of Ishan Institute of Management & Technology, said, “Liquor shop should not be set up around colleges or schools up to a distance of one kilometre.”
Complaints of eight shops near hospital, school or religious places
GREATER NOIDA: In reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) application filed by Kapil Bhati, the district excise officer told the court the all the shops were set up in adherence to the excise manual. The high court directed the petitioner to approach the district magistrate if he is not satisfied with the reply.
Bhati had then filed a complaint with the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar. However, the complainant had failed to appear for hearings that were scheduled for March 23, April 6 and April 13. The district excise officer reiterated that the shops did not violate norms. The district magistrate will take a decision on the complaint, as per the documents available to him.