This is a nasty blow to people who consume alcohol in Chandigarh. Chandigarh people will have to find new “Chilling Scenes” venue as a lot of bars and restaurants have been banned from serving and selling liquor. March 2017 has been a month of discussions, arguments, and decisions about the liquor ban in Chandigarh and Supreme Court has shocked everyone with their orders on banning liquor on Madhya Marg and Sector 35 road in Chandigarh from 1st April 2017.
Bars And Restaurants In Chandigarh To Go Dry
A lot of hotels, clubs, bars, discotheques, pubs, lounge and restaurants in Chandigarh went dry from 1st April 2017. This is a major setback to the hospitality and tourism industry in Chandigarh. The five-star hotels in Chandigarh – JW Marriott Sector 35 and Taj Hotel Sector 17 have also gone dry.
Supreme Court gave the verdict on Friday and stands with their decision of banning liquor on national and state highways. The SC had a made a decision of banning the sale and serving of liquor within 500 meters of national and state highways in December 2016. This decision was made because of the rising deaths due to drunken driving.
Worst Hit Businesses In Chandigarh
The worst hit businesses in Chandigarh are the ones located on the Madhya Marg in Sectors 26 Chandigarh and Sector 7 Chandigarh. Most of the businesses located in Sector 17 won’t be allowed to sell liquor. The business located on the national highway passing through Sectors 35 Chandigarh and Sector 43 Chandigarh will also not be allowed to serve liquor.
The inner markets of the sectors will be allowed to sell liquor.Four bars in Panchkula will also go dry.
However, the inner markets of the sectors will be allowed to sell liquor.
No Cheers For These Bars And Restaurants
- Sector 35/43: Maya Hotel, Peddlers 35, Pashtun, Western Court, JW Marriott, The Regent, The Bre Estate 35.
- Madhya Marg: The Taj Sector-17, The President, Swagat, S Cafe, F Bar; Score, Mainland China, The Brew Estate, The Great Bear, BoomBox, Purple Frog, 25th Hour
- Prominent Ones: North Country Mall, Out of the Town (Kharar highway), Junkyard (Zirakpur), Timber Trail (Parwanoo)
- Panchkula: The Red Bishop in Sector 1, The Bar in Pinjore Gardens
However, the status of most marriage palaces in the tricity is still not clear. The Marriage Palaces on the Zirakpur and Panchkula sides also come under the national highway.
Cheers For These Bars And Restaurants
- Safe Players: Elante Mall, Hotel Mountview, Hotel Shivalikview, Hyatt Regency, The Lalit, Hotel Parkview, The Lake Club, The Chandigarh Golf Club, CGA Golf Range, The Piccadilly 22.
The license to sell liquor expired on 31st March 2017 and there won’t be a paperwork problem to ensure compliance with the SC orders. The new liquor licenses will be renewed on 1st April 2017.
What Everyone Had To Say
UT home secretary-cum-excise and taxation secretary said that a strict action will be taken against anyone who sells liquor illegally.
The general manager of The Taj Hotel, Sector 17, Chandigarh said that they will respect the Supreme Court’s decision. He also said that the positives of this decision are that women will feel safer at night.
A restaurateur said that the owners are in a shock and their businesses will be severely hit as they will not we allowed to serve liquor.
We hope that Chandigarh people find a replacement of their “Chilling Scenes” venue ASAP!