SC order: 46 liquor vends along highways closed in Gautam Budh Nagar, including Noida
The Gautam Budh Nagar district excise department on Saturday closed down 46 liquor shops along national highwaysnoida Updated: Apr 01, 2017 23:58 IST
The Gautam Budh Nagar district excise department on Saturday closed down 46 liquor shops along national highways 24, 91 and Hamidpur-Sikandrabad road to comply with a Supreme Court order.
Unlike Gurgaon, where more than 140 pubs and bars have been shut to enforce Supreme Court’s ruling prohibiting sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways, only one area with bars and restaurants in Noida (Sector 63) falls in the red zone.
Another one, Lemon Twist restaurant in the same sector, had already shut operations after Diwali last year, much before the apex court’s December 15 ruling. “We had sent notices to Lemon Twist’s address around 20 days ago to stop the sale of liquor in their restaurant as it falls within 500 metres of NH-24,” said district excise officer Kuldeep Yadav.
Adjoining Lemon Twist, the Tandoori Village restaurant and bar, which also served alcohol, has stopped sale of liquor after getting notices of the excise department.
“The sale of liquor is barred until further orders from the district excise department,” said a spokesperson of Tandoori Village.
On Saturday, a total of 28 liquor vends were closed along NH-91 at Chipiana Bujurg, Chhaprola, Bisnoli, Achheja, Dhoom Manikpur, Beel Akbarpur, Loharli Koat, Kheda Dharampur and other areas.
Three vends located on NH-24 at Chhijarsi and 15 on Hamidpur-Sikandrabad road were also sealed, said Yadav.
“Of the 46 vends, 25 have been shifted and another 21 will be relocated as per the law or their licences will be cancelled,” he added.
Yadav also revealed that the district excise department will lose around 10-15% revenue due to the closure of such liquor shops and vends.