The Supreme Court has ordered to the restaurants, bars within 500 meters of highways in Delhi to shut or go dry immediately after 1st of April. Several teams have been formed to keep an eye on outlets, pubs, restaurants and hotels, mostly on NH 8, to stop serving liquor, a senior excise department official said. According to the officials, 70 liquor vends located on national highways in the city have already been sealed.
Many pubs and bars in DLF Cyber Hub will lose their licenses after the Supreme Court restricted liquor sale within 500 meters of National Highways. Liquor advertisements and banners or hoardings will also be removed from the Highway roads. Some of the major restaurants and hotels located in Delhi's Aerocity near I.G.I. The airport will also be affected by the ruling.
This decision can so far be the biggest of Supreme Court in order to stop drunk driving, which would result in a huge loss to many restaurant and bar owners. An AETO from the Gurgaon excise department had conducted a measurement exercise at Cyber Hub and the access to the first restaurant with a liquor license was 513 meters from the highway, which is beyond the prescribed buffer distance for motorists to drive. The licenses of 134 pubs and bars, including 34 in Cyber Hub, will not be renewed. Aruna Singh, deputy excise and taxation commissioner of Gurgaon said, “We have not received the Supreme Court order yet, but we will comply with its orders.”
The owners of pubs and bars want the distance to be measured by the City Municipal Corporation, not the excise department, which is not trusted by them. The Supreme Court ruling is also likely to hurt pubs and bars in Gurgaon’s several five-star hotels located along the national highway and on Sohna Road.