In a development that has brought cheer to tipplers and bar owners in Bengaluru central business district, the Supreme Court has allowed the renewal of liquor licenses. This implies that liquor will start flowing normally in the city’s central business district. The ban on liquor was imposed after the liquor licenses of bar owners had expired on July 1. The ban was part of the Supreme Court ruling banning sale of liquor near highways. After the Supreme Court made changes to the earlier order, the excise department has started the process of renewing the licenses. Bar and pub owners in Bengaluru’s central business district are a jubilant lot after the Supreme Court’s decision. Most are working hard to resume operations as soon as they can. The ones that had shut operations are also planning to reopen their outlets by next week.
Speaking about the court’s decision, Ashish Kothare, management committee member of National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) said, “We are very happy at the outcome, now looking to resume the business.” The Supreme Court today made changes to its earlier decision by saying that liquor business will be allowed in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits. “The purpose of the directions contained in the order dated 15 December 2016 is to deal with the sale of liquor along and in proximity of highways properly understood, which provide connectivity between cities, towns and villages. The order does not prohibit licensed establishments within municipal areas,” the Supreme Court said in its order.