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Tripura, Mizoram liquor shops relocate to follow SC order

IANS  |  Agartala/Aizawl 

The and governments have implemented the Supreme order in toto to ban shops and outlets along the National Highways, officials said on Friday.

According to officials of the two states, after the Supreme Court's December 15 order, the and governments asked all the District Magistrates and Collectors to relocate the shops and outlets 500 metres away from National

"Of the 131 shops in Tripura, 82 fall along the National and Of the 82 shops and outlets most have shifted to new places beyond 500 metres of the National and highways," said an official of the Taxes and Excise Department of

He said some of the 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 shops and outlets away from the National and Highways, the government has amended the Excise Rules, 1990, under the Excise Act, 1987.

"We had told the owners of shops and outlets that licence of shops along National would not be renewed after March 31," the official added.

The government earned Rs 162 crore revenue in 2016-17 from the business - Rs 19 crore more than the previous fiscal.

The official said the government has also barred setting up of shops near educational institutions, religious places, hospitals, political party offices, industries and factories.

As per the apex directive, shops, outlets and bars should move beyond 500 metres of National The in its December 15 order had also stipulated a deadline to the states asking them to relocate the joints by March 31, 2017.

In Mizoram, at least 12 shops were closed down in the mountainous state following the Supreme order.

According to Excise and Narcotics superintendent of Aizawl district, Z. Lalhmangaiha 12 out of 34 shops in Aizawl town were shut down by the department as they were within 500 metres from the

"Besides closing the shops, the vending licenses of the shop owners were suspended for some time. These would be renewed if they relocate their shops 500 metres away from highways," he said.

Mizoram's Excise and Narcotics Minister R. Lalzirliana had announced that the state government would implement the Supreme order to ban shops along National

After 18 years of imposing stringent prohibition, the government lifted the ban in the state in March 2015, allowing opening of shops in the Christian-dominated tribal majority state under the Prohibition and Control Act, 2014.



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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 14:34 IST