Chandigarh: The fresh excise policy is subject to the issuance of a notification of the changed nomenclature of the state highways to district highways as the Union Territory of Chandigarh is left with just 30 days to announce the policy.
The Governor has already given his nod to change the nomenclature saving the liquor vends situated on V1, V2 and V3 roads. The new excise policy is to come in force from April 1.
The committee constituted is likely to submit its report by February 28 and thereafter the UT will issue a notification in this regard.
The seven-member committee was constituted by the Governor to study the pattern of the various roads which have been tagged as state highways so that such roads can be redesignated as district highways, thus saving them to falling under the Supreme Court’s judgement of disallowing auctioning of liquor vends within a radius of 500 metres from all state and national highways.
The majority of liquor vends in Chandigarh are facing closure due to the notification declaring V1, V2 and V3 roads as state highways. There are 99 vends in 48 groups in different parts of the city.
The UT is now left with no other option but to change the nomenclature and get it notified. The new excise policy can only be announced once the UT gets the district highways policy notified. The UT is now left with only a month to notify the new excise policy and auction the liquor vends in the city. The UT earns a revenue of approximately Rs 300 crore from the auction of liquor vends.
Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Rakesh Popli said, “There will be no delay in announcing the new excise policy as we still have ample time. We have to announce the policy on or before March 31. The committee constituted to ponder upon the changing of the nomenclature is likely to submit its report very soon.”
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