KA : Govt Bans Liquor Shops within 220 metres of NH

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Bengaluru : The Karnataka government has issued a diktat for all alcohol shops that are close state and national expressways. Going ahead, there will be no alcohol shops permitted within 220 meters of any highway. This decision was taken by the Road Safety Committee, constituted by the Supreme Court, the State Department of Transport and Department of Excise.

A report in The New Indian Express states that the Road Safety Committee will now ask all liquor shops that violate the 220 m rule to vacate. Dr Ramegowda, commissioner, state transport department, has told the daily that there was a “clear direction to follow the road safety measures which include banning of liquor shops near the highways”. He added that they have discussed this with the Excise department and shops that violate these norms will now be shut. Excise Department officials have also confirmed this to the daily.

Umashankar commissioner for the state Excise Department said that the shops will first be asked to shift and if they don’t, they will be shut down.

The Road Safety Committee also discussed altering the curves on highways to make roads straight and launching road safety education in schools and colleges. Increasing highway patrolling was also on the agenda.