The booze ban on the sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways has finally been lifted in Chandigarh. According to a report, the booze ban has been relaxed within the municipal limits in Chandigarh after the court issued a clarification. Following the apex court’s order, the ban on the sale of liquor was imposed on April 1 this year.
What happened due to the liquor sale ban?
The ban on liquor sale had led to the closure of more than 100 bars in Chandigarh. Most of the bars that were shut down were located in Sectors 26 and 35. This also included hotel JW Marriot and Hotel Taj. An estimated 2,000 people had lost their jobs. The move had also led to the steep fall in revenue generated from the hotels
A sigh of relief after the liquor sale ban lifted
Finally, after five months, Madhya Marg and Himalayan Marg will see some life again. Following the liquor sale ban order by the apex court, this belt was the worst affected as most of the bars, pubs, microbreweries are located in the sectors on this belt. Following the move, more than 100 establishments in Chandigarh will be back in business which will also generate job opportunities for those who lost their jobs due to the ban on liquor sale.
The notice to lift the ban on liquor sale has come as a sigh of relief for more than 2000 workers who had lost their jobs due to the liquor sale ban! Finally, after the ban lift, hotels, bars and microbreweries on Himalayan Marg as well as Madhya Marg will be able to serve liquor again from Wednesday.
The hoteliers will have to apply for liquor licence
The UT excise and taxation department will charge a fee from the hoteliers start before issuing permits to them. According to reports, the department has already started accepting applications for the liquor licence and the fee for the same is Rs 6 lakh. The report also stated that the decision on opening 22 liquor vends will be taken later. These liquor vends were closed following the ban order.
Though the liquor sale ban has been lifted yet it is every individual’s responsibility to drink responsibly! Chandigarhmetro.com appeals its reader NOT to Drink & Drive, Be Safe!