Exemption from SC’s Highway Liquor Ban

Supreme court of India had banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres of National and State Highways to prevent drunk driving, one of the major killers plaguing Indian roads.

  • The Supreme Court allowed Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands to join the club of Sikkim and Meghalaya, both of which enjoy full exemption from the court’s ban on the sale of liquor within 500 metres of National and State Highways.

The reasons for exemption:

  • The geographical quirks of Arunachal Pradesh and the islands.
  • The north-eastern States of Sikkim and Meghalaya got a full exemption from the 500-m no-liquor zone ban after the court took into consideration their hilly terrain and also the fact that 82% of its area was forest land and over 90% of its liquor shops would be closed if the ban was imposed strictly in its original form.

Source: The Hindu

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