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Liquor ban: Raote unhappy over denotification of highways

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Transport minister today expressed his displeasure over the state government's move of denotifying some national and state following the ban by Supreme

In a letter written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the minister said, "At several places in the state, like and Mumbai, the national and state have been handed over to the municipal corporations or Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). This might lead to a situation where the state has to face contempt "

He said the should realise that the Supreme order was not related to banning alcohol, but to making the roads safer.

"The local bodies do not even have enough money to pay to their employees. Handing over to them will lead to a deterioration of the condition of the roads and will lead to rise in road accidents," he said.

"In my capacity as the person responsible for ensuring safety on roads in the state, I express my strong feelings towards the happenings," Raote said.

The Supreme recently reiterated its order of a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol within a 500 metres distance of national and state

In the wake of the apex order banning sale within 500 meters of highways, at least three municipal corporations in passed resolutions seeking denotification of highways, so as to avoid the ban.

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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 23:57 IST