Hotels, restaurants and clubs will be exempted from Highway liquor ban in Punjab soon.
The decision in this regard was taken the Punjab Cabinet today. The cabinet gave its nod to a proposal to amend Section 26-A of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, for fixing the location of liquor vends on National and State Highways, thus removing hotels, restaurants and clubs from the restrictions on serving of liquor within 500 meters of highways.A senior government officer also disclosed that the marriages palaces have also been covered in the decision of cabinet as these palaces would be covered under notified establishments. By amending Section 26-A of Punjab Excise Act, 1914, all ambiguities for serving of liquor at hotel, restaurants and clubs would be removed by adding provisions whereby it is cleared that no retail vend would be opened within 500 meter of the National and State Highways, but these restrictions shall not apply to the hotels, restaurants and clubs situated on the National and State Highways. The CoM gave a go-ahead to the draft amendment Bill, 2017, in this regard, to be tabled during the current budget session for enactment.
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