On Wednesday the officials from the State Excise Department sealed the liquor cabinet of all the hotels on Jungli Maharaj Road (JM Road) to enforce the Supreme Court’s liquor ban order.
When the hoteliers protested against the action, excise officials said they took action following fresh alignment maps made available to them by the Public Works Department (PWD).
Commenting on the action, Mohan Varde, Superintendent of Excise (Pune), said, “The J M Road is part of the State Highway 5 — the Ahmednagar-Paud Highway. Also, this highway is part of the proposed National Highway 753 F, so action was necessary.”
Varde also mentioned that the delay in action was due to some gray areas in the alignment maps of the highway. Also this was the only road which had some ambiguity so enforcement of the ban took some time. Of the 2,500 establishments which used to serve liquor in the district, 1,600 had to shut down following the liquor ban.
The Hoteliers are of the opinion that the sudden ban is unfair to the business but have decided to abide by the law.
Information Source: indianexpress