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Punjab bypasses SC Order; Hotels can serve alcohol near highways

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Chandigarh: Hotels, restaurants and clubs near highways in Punjab will now be able to serve alcohol within 500 metres of highways.

The Punjab Assembly on Friday amended the excise act which will bypass the Supreme Court (SC) order that hotels, pubs and restaurants near highways will have to take alcohol off the menu to keep roads safe.

The Punjab Assembly took the decision to amend the excise act as the ban on serving liquor near highways has hit the hospitality and tourism industry in the state.

However, there shall be a restriction on opening of liquor vends on or within 500 metres of national or state highways, the Punjab Assembly said.

The apex court, on March 31, had said liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways would be shut down from April 1.

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