Ludhiana: The bars of hotels and restaurants situated in different pockets of city give a deserted look. Despite the green signal wave off by Punjab government, excise department yet to renew the bar license of hotels and restaurants.
Hotels and bar owners are running from pillar to post at excise department for getting the renewal of bar license but department has directly refused to give the license on prior basis. However, hotel owners are seeking business in these days as cricket matches are going to start from Wednesday and mostly hotels and restaurant owners have installed big screens to get more business.
As after the implementation of Supreme Court, ruling of banning of liquor vendors in the vicinity of 500 meters on national and state highways has made the restaurants, clubs and marriage palaces owners are in a tizzy situation.
The Supreme Court has partially modified its order banning liquor vendors in the vicinity of 500 metres on national and state highways but refused to give any relief to hotels and restaurants.
Majorly, people were affected and were raising the questions who have already booked the marriage palaces, hotels and restaurants among others in the month of April.
Now, people are only struggling to get their license renew as excise department has refused to give the same which is difficult for the hotel and restaurant owner to survive.
In an order issued, Punjab Government said the stretches of state highways where bypass have been built to decongest the cities will no longer be included in the state highways. The roads de-notified by the order, dated April 3, 2017 and signed by Principal Secretary, Govt. of Punjab, Department of Public Works includes Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh (part of Hoshiarpur city), Balachaur-Garshankar (part of Balachaur city), Moga-Kotkapura (part of Moga city), Moga-Harike (part of Moga city), Gagan Chowk to Liberty Chowk (part of Rajpura City) among others.
The government has further clarified that as per the existing central government policy for national highways, certain bypass stretches are already excluded from the highways. These five highways including Sambhu-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar upto Wagah Border section NH1 (Ludhiana bypass, Jalandhar bypass, Amritsar bypass)
In addition, there are five national highways on which bypass are expected to become functional during 2017-18, and once completed these stretches would also be out of the purview of the highways.
Harpreet Singh Takkar
owner of Taksonz hotel said, “Excise department has refused to give the license when I visited office here on Wednesday as these days are the days where we get good business as we are also requesting the government to implement this law as soon as possible”.
DETC JK Jain
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