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Get liquor delivered to car, says vend signboard along highway in Ludhiana

August 06, 2018 05:50 AM

COURSTEY TOI AUG 6

Get liquor delivered to car, says vend signboard along highway in Ludhiana
Shariq.Majeed@timesgroup.com

Ludhiana:

A vend opposite Verka milk plant on Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway has installed a board telling prospective customers that they can get liquor in their vehicles. The police say it is a gross violation of law and they will act against it.


A team of The Times of India found that the vend has installed the board right outside its premises on the median of service lane and the highway with a message, “We serve liquor in car”. The team also saw a youth getting a beer bottle from a staff member of the vend in his car and then gulping it in his vehicle before leaving.

Harman Sidhu, a road safety crusader who first spotted the board, said, “It is a clear violation of the Excise Act and the Control of National Highways (Land and Traffic) Act, 2002, that state that you cannot serve liquor in vehicles. According to the rules, one can drink liquor at designated places, like vend, pub or bar.”

“The second problem is that the vend is on the national highway. claimed that they don’t serve liquor in cars and customers have it in the drinking area inside. He added that they haven’t installed the board and a company got it installed through contractors of the vend.

Police said immediate action would be taken to check the violation. “I doubt if a vend owner will get such a board installed on the road. I suspect it might be installed by someone trying to implicate him. But it is in violation of rules and I will get it checked,” said Ludhiana police commissioner Sukh-We have filed a petition in the high court that such taverns need to take permission from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) before starting operations. None of the liquor shops or vends on the Punjab highways have taken the permission. If they are serving liquor in vehicles, the driver can get drunk, leading to accidents. It is also a blatant violation of the high court order. Surprisingly, the NHAI is silent on the violation,” he added.

Heera, manager of the vend, chain Singh Gill.

Maneesh Rastogi, chief general manager of NHAI for Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and NCR, said if a liquor vend has installed such a board on a national highway, it is a violation of the law.

Sources said the liquor vend owner has not sought permission from the authority.

Ludhiana deputy excise and taxation commissioner Pawan Garg said, “Vends cannot serve liquor in vehicles. We will send a team to the spot and get it checked.

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