Following the Supreme Court order as per which there is a ban on selling of liquor within a radius of 500 metres from the state and national highways, soon, pubs and restaurants located at Bengaluru’s famous MG Road will have to stop serving liquor. There are as many as 200 pubs and restaurants on MG road which will stop serving liquor from next week.
As per a report in The News Minute, the manager of one of the oldest bars in Bengaluru-Pecos, Srinivas Gowda, said, “All we can do is apply but the Excise Department will not issue the license as they also have to abide by the Supreme Court order. We have three outlets in Brigade Road and Church Street.
“Our customers don’t come here for the food alone. It’s because of the beer. We have been serving beer for the last 30 years and the Brigade Road outlet is one of our oldest ones. We have no option but to move to another area which is not a state or national highway. This will cause us a huge loss”, he added
As per the government records, MG Road is considered as a national highway, however, these records are not updated for many years. Now, efforts are being made to not consider it as a national highway. Meanwhile, members of the Karnataka Pub Owners’ Association and Karnataka Wine Merchants Association are not pleased with the decision taken by the state government and said the government has done nothing to help them. They have threatened that if the centre does not denotify MG road as a national highway then they will carry out protests.
In its order on March 31, the Supreme Court had directed shutting down of all the liquor shops which come under the radius of 500 metres from national and state highways across the country.