The Supreme Court has turned down the petition challenging the decision of the Union Terriitory administration to denotify the state highways passing through the municipal limits, paving way for allowing the sale of liquor in hotels and bars within 500 metres of national and state highways.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, hearing an appeal by an NGO against the Punjab and Haryana high court order has dismissed its plea.
UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal had said that the court has upheld the step taken by the administration. He further said that the administration will take appropriate action after getting a copy of the judgment.
Ashok Bansal, general secretary, Chandigarh Hotel Association, had said that the administration should act quickly after receiving the copy of the judgment. "We have suffered a lot in last three months.Keeping in view our plight, the administration should not waste any time," urged Bansal.
Ankit Gupta, president, Chandigarh Hospitality Association, had expressed gratitude towards the Apex Court and requested the administration to take necessary steps in accordance with the sentiment of the Supreme Court to prevent further damage like job and business loss.
The Supreme Court has observed that the ban is essentially meant for the high-speeding vehicles on highways outside the municipal limits of a city .Although the judgment is awaited, the court has refused to interfere with the order of the administration.