Come 2017 and many people might be in for a rude shock as concerned over 1.5 lakh fatalities every year in road mishaps, the Supreme Court on December 15 ordered ban on liquor sales on state and national highways across the country.
The Supreme court bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur directed the order on a batch of pleas seeking a direction to amend excise laws to ensure that no liquor is sold alongside highways.
However, the court said that the liquor shops can operate till the period they were having their licenses. “All existing licences of liquor shops on highways will not be renewed after March 31, 2017,” the court said.
The court also said that all signage indicating presence of liquor shops will be prohibited on national and state highways.
The State governments are in a dilemma over to how to address the issues arising out of closure of liquor stores as on one hand, the government will be losing revenue and on the other, illegal sale of liquor will be on the rise.
(TNT News with inputs from Agencies)
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