Amid confusion over what would happen to more than 140 pubs in Gurugram likely to be hit by Supreme Court’s (SC) order banning the sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways, Cyber Hub pub owners are moving to the apex court seeking clarity on the ruling.
The Excise Department has identified 43 liquor shops and 143 pubs in the viscinity of 500 metres of two national highways –NH8 (Delhi-Jaipur) and NH-248A (Gurugram-Alwar) — in Gurugram.
The Supreme Court’s order, that came on December 15 last year, directed all states and union territories to implement the ban on alcohol sale from April 1, 2017.
The Excise Departement itself has no clarity as of now on how the ruling would work out, an official said. “The headquarters will take a call on whether to shut only liquor vends or also cancel the licences of pubs and bars located within 500 metres of the highways,” he said.
The court also directed the administration, the police and the Excise Department to chalk out plans within a month for enforcing the order, but the officials say they themselves need clarity on the ruling.
Pub and bar owners of Cyber Hub (Sector 29, Gurugram) and Sohna Road have decided to move SC seeking clarification on its order.
An official of the Bar and Pub Owners Association said, “Due to lack of proper description in the ruling, all food items and beverages have also come under the scanner. More specific guidelines are needed for proper implementation”.
If rolled out, nearly Rs 100 crore revenue will be lost and more than 50,000 employees will be rendered jobless, according to the owners’ association.