Liquor ban in Chandigarh has hit the hotel, brewery businesses badly and has also affected the business of cab drivers. The Apex court banned the sale and serving of liquor on or within 500 meters of national and state highways. The cab drivers have been suffering a lot since the liquor ban hit Chandigarh.
As per the city drivers, they have witnessed about 40% drop since the court banned the sale of serving of liquor on or within 500 meters of national and state highways. The drivers claimed that there are hardly any people visiting hotels, bars, nightclubs, restaurants which further has hit their businesses.
Businesses Of Cab Drivers Hit Badly In Chandigarh
The cab drivers said that on the weekends they used to make a lot of money as almost all the alcoholics prefer taking a cab in order to avoid the drunken driving violation. Since the beginning of April, the number of visitors in the hotels, bars and pubs have gone down and also hardly any cabs have been booked during the weekends or late night hours.
MicroBreweries, hotels, bars and pubs located on the city roads like Madhya Marg, Dakshin Marg and Himalaya Marg stopped serving liquor as they were considered state highways. Post-Supreme Court Ban, a lot of people employed at bars, pubs, microbreweries etc went jobless.
What The Chandigarh Cab Drivers Said
The badly hit businesses in Chandigarh are in Sector 26, Sector 35, Sector 7, Sector 8, Sector 9, Sector 43
A Kalka cab driver said that they are running into losses these days. He said that earlier people used to prefer taking a cab after getting drunk as the Chandigarh police have got more strict against the people who drink and drive. He also said that earlier the cab drivers used to make more than Rs. 50,000 a month but now they are running into a financial crisis.
Another city-based cab driver said that he used to make a good amount of money on the weekends as he received bookings from the customers late at night. He said that he got at least 10 cab bookings on the weekends. He claimed that he also got tips from the drunk people.
A Mohali-based cab driver used to work during the night and said that he made enough money. He said since the liquor has been banned in the city, his business has declined and has started working during the day time now.
Source: The Tribune
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