14 January 2016
Recently Supreme Court banned liquor shops and bas within 100 meters of state of national highways. Supreme Court acted on a report where most of the accidents and subsequent deaths happened because of drinking alcohol and driving vehicles on roads. To put a check point, Supreme Court issued this order.
Telangana State government implemented the same order in the state.
The excise department has been issuing notices even to prominent hotels and clubs located in the core areas of the city citing that they are close to highways. These hotels and clubs are seeking exemption. Many five star and three star hotels in city such as Hotel Marriott, Central Court and Secunderabad Club were issued notices not to serve liquor. As many as 70 out of a total 220 hotels, bars, shops in GHMC limits were issued notices.
With this almost noted hotels, bars and wine shops shut their business of selling alcohol. These hotels, bars and wine shop owners and management are protesting against the government saying that the reason mentioned is irrational and illogical. They mentioned that excise department is treating roads passing through city as “highways” and brought the Supreme court order under the purview .
“How can the excise department treat roads passing through heavy traffic density areas like RP Road, SD Road, Abids, Nampally, Lakdikapul, Mehdipatnam, Afzalgunj, Malaket, Amberpet, Kharkhana, Bowenpally, Tarnaka etc., as highways?” asked D.Venkateshwara Rao, president, TS Wine Dealers’ Association.
We have to wait and see how far this ban will be in effect? Till then, boozers who are going to posh hotels and bars, should look for other destinations?