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Chandigarh To Go Dry From April 1 and It's Not A Joke!

By: Kirat | February 27, 2017

As soon as the December judgement of the Supreme Court on closure of liquor shops on state and national highways comes into effect,tentatively April 1, each liquor shop in the city — whether in a five-star hotel, a restaurant or a vend — is staring at closure.

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Major Chandigarh roads, all of them (On record), are state highways and fall within the ambit of the judgment.

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The road categorisation was done around 20 years so that the UT administration could maintain these roads, with the municipal corporation short of funds at the time.

As of today then, apart from the one national highway that passes through the city, all major roads are state highways.

Now, the UT administration has set up a four-member committee to suggest definite solutions, within a week, to manage this sudden change in things.

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“In Chandigarh, Sectors are 1.2 km long and 0.8 km wide. With all vertical roads being state highways, 500 metres on either side of the road covers the whole of the city. Thus, all sectors come within 500 metres of state highways,” said home secretary Anurag Aggarwal, who is holding the charge of excise and taxation. “If nothing is done, the city entire will not have any liquor vend or bar in any hotel or restaurant. All of them will have to close down,” he added.

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