The Supreme Court ordered on Thursday that no liquor shops will be allowed on highways whether state or national from coming April. Even the licence of the existing shops will now, not be renewed.
The court said that Liquor shops should be atleast 500 metres away from any state or national highway and ordered for removal of all liquor ads and banners.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur directed the Central and state governments to “cease and desist” from issuing liquor licenses and said that no new license for a vend along highways shall be granted henceforth.
A deadline of April 1, 2017 is set by the bench for expiring all the existing licence and directed the authorities to ensure strict compliance with the new order.
Further, the court added that no liquor shops should even be visible from highways and no such ship should be allowed at least withing a radius of 500 metres.
It asked chief secretaries of the state governments and police chiefs to chalk out a plan after deliberating with excise and municipal authorities to make sure all orders are implemented.
The court highlighted the significance of road safety and menace of drunken driving while issuing the slew of directives on a bunch of matters arising from different high courts over grant of licenses for liquor shops along the highways.