Maharashtra ‘cheers’ SC booze ban, ignores Punj’s tipple trick


Mumbai : After the Punjab government revised the state excise act to allow clubs, hotels near highways to serve liquor, the Maharashtra government has liked to take after the Supreme Court’s request. The business delegates likewise don’t surmise that the state government will change its position on the restriction on the offer of alcohol close roadways in Maharashtra.

On Friday, The Punjab Assembly passed a bill to enable hotels, restaurants and other notified places near highways in the state to supply alcohol. The state cabinet had on Monday affirmed a proposition to revise Section 26-An of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, for settling the area of alcohol distributes on national and state highways.When gotten some information about the Punjab government’s turn, the state extract authorities said that the Maharashtra government would adhere to the Supreme Court’s request. “There is no such move in Maharashtra like Punjab. We will take after the requests given by the Supreme Court,” an authority from the extract division said.

Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association president Adarsh Shetty said that the legislature had officially made it clear that it won’t lift the boycott. “The Maharashtra government’s stand was certain that it would not denotify all the highways. It is only if any municipal corporation approaches the government then the proposal can be considered. The chief minister himself had told us the same,” Mr Shetty said.