Liquor ban clar­ity

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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.

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