A Sigh Of Relief for all the alcohol lovers in Chandigarh! A lot of hype was created among the people of Chandigarh when The Supreme Court ordered that Chandigarh is all set to become a dry state. There are a lot of breweries and liquor shops in Chandigarh. Banning liquor in Chandigarh would have made Chandigarh a “No Chilling City”. It was estimated that the Chandigarh Administration will have to bear an annual loss of Rs. 250cr if liquor ban orders were executed in Chandigarh. Thanks to the UT Administration for retaining the liquor shops.
No Liquor Ban in Chandigarh
The UT Administration has retained a majority of liquor shops in Chandigarh. All the fast roads connecting Chandigarh to other towns (V1 roads), arterial roads (V2 roads) and fast vehicular sector dividing roads (V3 roads) have been declared as major district roads from state highways with immediate effect by the UT Administration. As per sources, the National Highway-21, passing through the city via Junction Nos. 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 49, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 will be excluded.
Chandigarh people, be ready for a shock as it is still dicey that Restaurants, liquor shops and Breweries on the Madhya Marg will be allowed to serve liquor or not?
What about Liquor Shops on Madhya Marg?
Chandigarh has a lot of restaurants, night clubs, liquor shops and breweries on Madhya Marg. Chandigarh is the preferred shopping destination for all the booze lovers as Alcohol is cheaper in Chandigarh as compared to its adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana. Liquor Ban orders for Madhya Marg liquor vends would eventually turn the city beautiful into a “Dead City”. We really hope that liquor ban orders do not apply at the liquor vends on Madhya Marg.
Supreme Court’s Orders
As per sources, a notification was issued after the high-level committee recommended changes in the reports. As per Apex court’s liquor vends falling within 500m of the state and national highways will be shut down from April 1, 2017.
The UT Administration had declared fast roads connecting Chandigarh to other towns (V1 roads), arterial roads (V2 roads) and fast vehicular sector dividing roads (V3 roads) as state highways in 2005. An estimate of 94 liquor vends are situated along the interior roads of Chandigarh.