The Uttar Pradesh government declared on Friday that no liquor shops will be permissible around religious places, schools or populated areas. “The Supreme Court has ordered removal of liquor shops from national highways and the government will ensure that the shops removed from there are not relocated to the vicinity of religious places, schools or populated areas,” said state minister Srikant Sharma as per a report in NDTV.
“Strict orders have been issued for compliance of the SC orders… Directives have been issued to the secretary, excise, and other officials to ensure that liquor shops do not open around such places,” he added. Directions have also been delivered for initiating action in case any liquor shop is found violating the norms, Sharma said.
“This government will not allow any violation of norms by anyone. If people have any grievance or they find that liquor shops are operating near religious places, schools or populated areas, they should immediately complain to the district magistrate and not take law in their hands,” he said.
The Supreme Court has ruled that no liquor shop shall be accessible from the highways nor it should be placed within 500 metres of the national or state highway or of the service lane.