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According to officials of the two states, after the Supreme Court's December 15 order, the Tripura and Mizoram governments asked all the District Magistrates and Collectors to relocate the liquor shops and outlets 500 metres away from National Highways.
"Of the 131 liquor shops in Tripura, 82 fall along the National Highways and Highways. Of the 82 liquor shops and outlets most have shifted to new places beyond 500 metres of the National Highways and highways," said an official of the Taxes and Excise Department of Tripura.
He said some of the liquor shops and outlets are yet to set up shops in new locations due to objection by the public and other legal and technical reasons.
The official said that to relocate liquor shops and outlets away from the National Highways and Highways, the Tripura government has amended the Tripura Excise Rules, 1990, under the Tripura Excise Act, 1987.
As per the apex court directive, liquor shops, outlets and bars should move beyond 500 metres of National Highways. The court in its December 15 order had also stipulated a deadline to the states asking them to relocate the liquor joints by March 31, 2017.
According to Excise and Narcotics superintendent of Aizawl district, Z. Lalhmangaiha 12 out of 34 liquor shops in Aizawl town were shut down by the department as they were within 500 metres from the Highways.
"Besides closing the shops, the vending licenses of the shop owners were suspended for some time. These would be renewed if they relocate their liquor shops 500 metres away from highways," he said.
After 18 years of imposing stringent prohibition, the Mizoram government lifted the liquor ban in the state in March 2015, allowing opening of liquor shops in the Christian-dominated tribal majority state under the Mizoram Liquor Prohibition and Control Act, 2014.
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