Liquor ban clarity
The latest clarification by the Supreme Court, regarding the highway liquor ban for liquor vends alongside 500 metres of a highway, has brought some relief for hotels, restaurants and pubs in the cities. After relaxing the ban for Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as nine districts in Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court has explained that this ban, which had been in force from April 1, 2017, is not valid for liquor vends on roads within city limits, but was only meant for selling of alcohol along roads that “provide connectivity between cities, towns and villages.” The hospitality industry which had been affected since the announcement of the ban has now welcomed the clarification as this had affected business in a big way for them, especially for MICE and weddings. The associations have welcomed the move saying that this would save many jobs and the tourism business of the country at large. This brings relief to about 70 per cent of the affected hotels, and we can expect good weddings and inbound season for these properties ahead.