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Kerala HC says ‘No’ to Liquor Outlets on Highways

All liquor shops located on state and national highways are asked to shift by the Kerala High Court on Monday.

The order has been passed by the court after hearing a public interest litigation which states liquor shops on the highways as a major cause of accidents, which says it is easy for vehicle drivers to buy liquor from these shops. It noted, “The rush seen in front of the outlets often affect smooth vehicular movement and also accidents. Given, this, such outlets should be shifted to less-crowded areas.”

According to reports, about 170 liquor shops are located on highways, by Kerala State Beverages Corporation.

Meanwhile, the state beverages corporation is directed to submit a report within two weeks regarding the issue by the High Court.

If the bars spotted are forced to be shifted, about 170 BEVCO outlets should find a new location to begin its outlets.

Earlier, about 700 bars were declared to shut down. The new liquor policy of the Kerala government aiming to achieve complete prohibition of liquor in the state in a phased manner has provided that liquor would be served only in 21 five-star hotel bars, and all other bars in the state were closed down from Sep 12.

However, a new petition seeking the re-opening of bars in the state have also filed in the High Court.

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