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Liquor ban: SC says states can denotify highways within cities

The court was hearing a petition against Chandigarh's recent decision to denotify state highways within the city.? Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 04, 2017, 04.58 PM (IST)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said there is nothing wrong with states denotifying highways within cities to avoid having to shut down liquor shops and bars. 

The court was hearing a petition against Chandigarh's recent decision to denotify state highways within the city. 

The court said the idea was to stop the sale of liquor on highways. 

And that drivers in fast-moving traffic -- ie on highways -- should not be under the influence of alcohol. 

The court added that there was a difference between city roads and highways. 

The Supreme Court had earlier said that starting from April 1 this year, all liquour shops and bars within 500 metres of a state or national highway would have to shut shop. 

The order had had some hilarious effects. 

Some hotels had for example switched to using their back entrances -- so as to increase the distance from them to the nearest nearest highway to over 500 metres. 

Others, news reporots said, had put up dividers so that cars would have to traverse a distance of more than 500 metres to get to them from the nearest highway. 

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