On restaurants and bars serving alcohol alongside highways of India.
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Our Honourable Supreme Court has banned serving of liquor in Restaurants and Bars located within 500 mtrs from a national highway. This is done to reduce the accidents caused due to Drinking and Driving. Noble thought.
However, as a result of this ruling, at the stroke of the midnight 70% of the FnB industry, which includes Hotels, Restaurants and Bars will not be serving Alcohol, since they all fall under 500 mtrs. For example: All the restaurants at Madhya Marg Chandigarh (close to 25 outlets and 6 upcoming), 116 standalone restaurants with excise licenses close to National Highway 48 (formerly NH8) etc. Together they notch up an annual turnover of Rs 1,200 crore.
No matter how noble these intentions are, the truth is the move is not well thought out, and it does absolutely nothing to promote safety and discourage drunk driving. Instead, lakhs of employees will be out of their job and hundreds of crores of investment is washed down the drain.
The people who are directly affected from 01 April, 2017:
1. Each outlet has more than 30 employees working in all the departments
2. Excise revenues, will lose 45% revenue.
3. Vendors like Grocery Stores, Dairy Suppliers, Kitchen Equipment suppliers etc.
4. Owners of the restaurants (losing crores of their legal and hard earned money)
The Honorable Supreme Court needs to appreciate that drunk driving needs to be controlled by strict monitoring and stiff penalties/ cancellation of licenses of drunk drivers. People can get drunk from anywhere, and those wanting a drink will not hesitate to drive 1 minute more to a liquor store. The need of the hour is to implement strong road safety laws and strict policing and action against drunk driving. This draconian judgement affects the livelihood of people in the FnB industry and does nothing to prevent and reduce drunk driving.
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