Implementation of the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on all liquor shops within 500m of state or national highways has created a massive chaos within the state. In the most recent development, Goa Liquor Traders Association has submitted a written request to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to file a review petition in the Supreme Court for relief to all affected liquor outlets in the state that are in the vicinity of highways.
The association, in their letter, have highlighted that the Supreme Court judgment doesn’t specify whether the distance of 500m from the edge of the highway should be measured by radius or perpendicular line. Since that is the case, the association appealed that the government should ask them to measure the distance of highway to the liquor shops by accessible roads. “This will give relief to around 100 shops across Goa.”
Also the president of the association, Dattaprasad Naik has requested the government to change the existing state highways to major district roads, stating that this would provide relief to 400 liquor shops across Goa in the towns of Valpoi, Sankhali, Bicholim, Assorna, Tivim, Ponda, Shiroda, Sanvordem, Quepem and Sanguem.
Furthermore a year’s time has been requested to relocate for all those shops that are within 500m of highways.