Around 500 liquor shops to get relief from highway ban | Goa News


PANAJI: Around 500 liquor shops in 46 villages under the purview of the highway liquor ban and have been closed since December 2016 Supreme Court order, are likely to get relief soon. “The order is likely to be issued after the election code of conduct ends,” an official said.
A committee of officials of town and country planning and municipal administration on the basis of certain factors recommended that licenses of liquor shops located in the 46 villages be renewed. On factors like distance of the village from urban area, development of the village and population, the committee felt that the 46 villages are sufficiently urbanised. Three villages in the Sattari taluka have been left.
Originally, 3,200 licenses were found to be coming under the highway ban and were not renewed.
Later, more than half of them were renewed as the Supreme Court modified its original order. In April 2018, a three-member cabinet committee granted relaxation to 1,102 licenses from the highway liquor ban.
The further relaxation by SC left it to the discretion of state governments to decide fate of remaining outlets but with certain conditions.
Goa has about 10,000 licenses including wholesale and retail of which maximum are located in Bardez and Salcete talukas with higher concentration in the coastal belts of two talukas.
Excise department is one of the highest revenue earning departments with a revenue of 400 crores for financial year 2018-19 and is expected to go up in 2019-20.

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