Hospitality industries hope for PMO's help against Supreme Court liquor ban

Kher's party colleague and MLA from Indore Sudarshan Gupta however demanded the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan a complete ban on liquor in Madhya Pradesh.

The government does not wish to enter into a conflict with the public over the sale of liquor, said Minister G Sudhakaran. Officials said that they have identified 110 pubs and 42 liquor vends that would lose their licences for non-compliance with the apex court's guidelines.

About 35 restaurants in Gurgaon's Cyber Hub which houses many upscale restuarants and bars have been served notices to not serve liqour to guests.

"Nearly 2,800 shops in Rajasthan were affected by the Supreme court order". Manish Kawade, whose wine shop in Chembur was shut by the Excise Department on Saturday, said, "In December 2016 when the Supreme Court verdict came in, the Wine Merchants Association had filed an appeal hoping for relief".

As per the Supreme Court guideline, the retail liquor outlet should be away from educational and religious institutions. "I don't even know whether the Eastern Express Highway is considered a state or a national highway", he said, adding that he has asked his 12 employees to not report to work.

In a tweet, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also said: "Tourism creates jobs".

"We can switch to approachable roads while measuring the distance only if the government gives us direction", the official said.

These include outlets run by the Beverages Corporation and Consumerfed, 11 bars in five star hotels, bars in 18 clubs, 586 beer wine parlours and 1,132 toddy shops which have been told to stop serving liquor.

The apex court earlier on Thursday reserved its order on banning off liquor vends on state and national highways.

The Excise Department has formed several teams to ensure all establishments within 500 metres of highways follow the court order. According to the documents TOI accessed from the excise department, there were 502 liquor shops and bars located on different highways falling in Bareilly division comprising districts of Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Rampur, Badaun and Bareilly.

Garish Oberoi, Vice-President, FHRAI, said the industry bodies have suggested that hotels and restaurants located within city limits should be exempted from these restrictions.

  • Leroy Wright