Supreme Court Bans Liquor Shops On Highways From April
Concerned about the over 1.5 lakh fatalities every year in road mishaps, the Supreme Court had earlier indicated liquor shop ban.
In an attempt to control drunken driving, Supreme Court announced that liquor shops will not be allowed on highways from April. The license of existing shops will not be renewed, the order said.
In its order, Supreme Court today said, liquor shops must be at least 500 meters away from state and national highways, said the court, and ordered that liquor banners and ads be removed.
The orders have to be implemented by the Chief Secretary and police chiefs of states.
Earlier the apex court had indicated that it would order the shutting of all liquor shops on highways for the safety and security of commuters who get distracted, which caused accidents.
Concerned about the over 1.5 lakh fatalities every year in road mishaps, the Supreme Court had said it may direct closure of liquour shops on national and state highways across the country, besides removal of signages indicating their location.
The court was hearing petitions challenging various high court verdicts which held that liquor shops be located at a distance from state highways so that they are neither visible nor accessible to the commuters.
The bench also expressed its unhappiness over alleged inaction by various states in removing liquor shops alongside roads which give rise to drunken driving and consequential fatalities. It said that revenue generation cannot be a "valid reason" for a state or a Union territory to give licence for liquor shops on highways and the authorities should adopt a positive attitude to remove the menace.
The court also rapped the Centre for not doing anything concrete leading it to "step in."