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Haryana worried over booze ban hitting hospitality sector

GURGAON: The Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana is anxious about the “adverse impact” of the Supreme Court’s booze-banning order on the lifestyle of Gurugram-based global manpower.

Also, another worry of the first-ever saffron party government in the state is that the restrictions on spirit consumption will hit hard the so far thriving hospitality sector and impact beyond repair the buoyancy in the direct and indirect tax targets.

The top court’s ruling bans liquor shops—in high end hotels, pubs, and other watering holes—within 500 metres of the state and national highways.

As a result, 106 of the total 292 bars of the cyber hub Gurugram fall in the danger zone and face the risk of being sealed, according to official records.

Haryana has 478 licensed bars and 194 bars, including Gurugram, have been affected by the apex court orders. Six districts—Fatehabad, Jind, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Palwal, and Sirsa—are the worst hit as all the sanctioned bars come within the ambit of court ruling and stand closed.

Not this, Sonepat and Rewari districts are left with two bars each, while Panipat and Rohtak with four bars each and Ambala district with three bars. In Faridabad district of the total 44 bars, 14 are in the danger zone.

“I am concerned about the adverse impact on the lifestyle in the state, especially on the 6% of the global manpower in Gurugram who will be adversely affected by the apex court (booze ban) order which we are implementing in letter and spirit,” Captain Abhimanyu, finance, excise and taxation minister told Hindustan Times.

“Tourism will be hit hard. People from over 50 countries live and visit Haryana. I am worried about the overall impact.”

Haryana garners about 30% of its excise collections from Gurugram and Faridabad.
According to Sameer Pal Srow, managing director, Haryana tourism corporation, at least 50% of the total 42 government-run tourist complexes are along the national highways. “Huge revenue loss is my concern. We are calculating the financial loss…The hospitality sector that includes the private hoteliers are a worried lot,” Srow, who is also a Faridabad deputy commissioner (DC), said.

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