Home / Politics / Policy /  Hotels, restaurants can’t sell liquor within 500 metres of highways from today

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday clarified there will be no liquor sale in hotels and restaurants, or liquor outlets, within 500 meters of state and national highways.

The ban will be effective from midnight.

A bench comprising chief justice J.S. Khehar, justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao also modified an earlier ruling that banned sale of liquor with 500 meters of state and national highways. The court said the ban will be within 220m of the highway in towns with population below 20,000.

“We find some substance in the argument that small towns on state highways would in most cases not extend 500 mts of the highway," the court said.

The court also exempted Meghalaya and Sikkim from the court’s order.

The court’s orders came after over nine states and Union territories sought a review of the court’s ruling. On 15 December last year, a bench comprising then chief justice T.S. Thakur, justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao had allowed liquor shops in proximity to highways to operate till 31 March, but ruled against renewal of their licences. The court’s decision came on a public interest litigation case seeking to curb road accidents on highways due to drunken driving.

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