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No more liquor shops along National and State Highways, says SC

As per the orders of the apex court, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) requested state governments and UTs, from time to time, to take necessary action for implementation of the order.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Supreme Court issued directions regarding stopping the grant of licenses for sale of liquor along national and state highways.
  • In the case of areas under jurisdiction of in local bodies with a population of 20,000 people or less, the distance of 500 metres is reduced to 220 metres.
  • Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) requested all the State Governments and UTs, from time to time, to take necessary action for implementation of the order.
No more liquor shops along National and State Highways

The Supreme Court issued directions regarding stopping the grant of licenses for the sale of liquor along national and state highways and over a distance of 500 metres from the outer edge of the national or state highways or of a service lane along the highway. In the case of areas under the jurisdiction of local bodies with a population of 20,000 people or less, the distance of 500 metres is reduced to 220 metres.

Promotion

As per the orders of the apex court, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) requested all the state governments and UTs, from time to time, to take necessary action for implementation of the order. Further, Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both for the offence of drunken driving cases. Besides, the Ministry undertakes campaigns through print and electronic media to spread awareness about the dangers of drunken driving.

However, MoRTH deals with matters related to the development of national highways and providing access to properties situated along the national highways. It has no control on the use of and business run in these properties located beyond the Right of Way of national highways. The government does not collect data on the removal of liquor shops as this is a state subject.

In December 2016, the apex court ordered a ban on liquor sales along both national and state highways. The apex court, in its order, said issuing of licenses for new liquor shops in and around the highways would be closed. It also stressed that any advertisement for any liquor shop should not be even visible from the national or state highways. The order was, however, not applicable to existing liquor shops that could operate till the period they had their licenses.

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