Panaji: The Apex court has given some relief to the tourist industry of Goa by reducing the distance of liquor vends from highways in areas with a population of up to 20,000 from 500 to 220 metres. The state government would soon issue a clarification on the Supreme Court’s new order.
The Supreme court’s new order has given some relaxation to it’s earlier decision of banning the sale of liquor that comes within 500 metres of national and state highways, which has affected many, especially the bars, casinos and club owners who are fully dependent on revellers for their earnings. Others targeted by the decision are hotels, resorts and super markets, where alcohol was sold like water to the tourists who visit Goa for some fun and frolic. The owners of these 3000 places think the decision is unfair considering the loss they have to bear with it. But now with some relaxation to the ban, around 1,100 more bars can operate.
The members of Goa Liquor Traders Association have already met the new chief minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar requesting him to intervene in the matter and get them an exemption like Sikkim and Meghalaya. “It is going to severely affect the business which Goa, as a party destination, used to get, as people will have to hunt places where they can enjoy a drink,” said Duttaprasad Naik, president of Goa Liquor Traders Association.