New Delhi: Concerned over road mishaps and safety of commuters on Thursday the Supreme Court ordered ban on liquor shops on national and state highways across the country from April 1.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur directed that license of liquor shops on highways won’t be renewed after April 1.
The top court also ordered that liquor shops must be at least 500 metres away from state and national highways, said the top court and ordered that liquor banners and ads be removed.
The top court’s order was on a public interest litigation filed by an NGO called ‘Arrive Safe’. The decision was taken for the safety and security of commuters, who get distracted , which cause accidents .
Notably, according to ‘Arrive Safe’1.42 lakh people die annually in road accidents, many of which are caused by drunk driving.