Bengaluru : About 650 pubs and bars across the city face imminent closure from July 1 if the “highways” on which they are located are not de-notified by the central government by Friday as per the Supreme Court order, said an official on Thursday.
“If the Union Ministry of Surface Transport does not denotify the national and state highways passing through the city limits by June 30, pubs and bars within 500 metres of them have to shut down from July 1 as ordered by the Supreme Court in December,” Public Works Department Principal Secretary M. Lakshminarayana told IANS.
A three-judge bench of the apex court on December 15 directed all states to shut down liquor vends, including bars and restaurants selling and serving liquor, within 500 metres of national and state highways to curb drunken driving that were resulting in increasing fatal accidents across the country.
Though the top court’s order came into force from April 1, it modified on March 31 and extended the deadline till the licences of the liquor vends expired this year, with a rider to the state governments not to renew them unless they shifted out of 500 metres of national and state highways in states.

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