MUMBAI: If you are driving on the highways passing through Jalgaon, Latur, and Yavatmal in Maharashtra, chances are you could circumvent the recent Supreme Court ban on selling alcohol within 500 meters of state and national highways.
Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Chandrakant Patil on Wednesday said the government has cleared proposals from Jalgaon, Latur and Yavatmal municipal corporations to denotify state highways in their respective jurisdictions and convert them into civic roads, reports The Hindu.
As per current rules, a resolution cleared by the general body of the civic authority is sent to the State chief secretary by the CEO or the commissioner of the corporation. This proposal is then transferred to the PWD, which is the final authority to denotify the road. While total length of state highways is 33,330 kilometres, the PWD has no estimate as to what portion of these roads might be denotified in the near future.
Mr. Patil said, “It is up to the respective municipal corporations and municipal councils to pass a resolution in their general body meeting. The resolution should mention that the said civic body is ready to maintain the roads passing through the respective cities. We will denotify the road as state and national highway, and it will be handed over to these corporations.”
Meanwhile, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), has reacted sharply to the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the ban on selling or serving of liquor along the highways. Senior HRAWI officials told The Hindu that the ban will spell doom for the industry.