Liquor ban: Gurgaon Cyber Hub pubs may escape SC ordered ban after officials remeasure distance

Uddipta Das
The newly opened underpass pushed the length of the route beyond the court-stated limit of 500 metres.

New Delhi, April 11: A number of pubs and restaurants in Gurgaon’s DLF Cyber Hub might escape the Supreme Court order of highway liquor ban after officials will remeasure the distance of these business establishment from the highway. As per reports, this new development might happen because of an underpass which opened just on the day the Supreme Court order came into force.

As per reports, city authorities remeasured the distance on Tuesday morning and a Hindustan Times claimed that the newly opened underpass pushed the length of the route beyond the court-stated limit of 500 metres. The SC ordered that no shop, restaurant or any business establishment  can serve or sell alcohol within 500 metres on any national or state highways.

However, according to Ashwini Choudhary, director, Soi 7 Group said that after the underpass was opened the length has changed. He said, “The measurement was around 1,900 meters from the highway at Cyber Hub.”

As per Choudhary, there has been immense loss in sales and revenue and now that the re-measurement is over, they must get back to work. He also said that although the Public Works Department (PWD) did not involve any of the pub or bar owner during the measurement process but the job has been done fairly.

According to Hindustan Times, at around 7.30 am on Tuesday, a team which included officials from district administration, excise department, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Public Works Department (PWD) and the police remeasured the distance of the establishments.

HC Dahiya, deputy excise and taxation commissioner (west) said that physical route measurement of Cyber Hub on Tuesday was conducted on a route which is as per Huda approved master plan of the area.

Keeping in line with the SC order, the erstwhile entrance of Cyber Hub which has less than 500 metres away from national highway 8 when measured in a straight line, was shifted to the Belvedere Towers side on April 3, which is reportedly about 2 km from the highway.

Officials said, according to Hindustan Times, the earlier entrance of Cyber Hub was built through a makeshift shortcut in violation of the master plan and the underpass was a part of the planning document.