Yes, Chandigarh is quite a nice place just go away for a weekend, but it is, now, on the verge of facing liquor ban. Why? Because all major roads in Chandigarh are either national or state highways.
If you guys remember, Supreme Court has given a judgment on closure of all liquor shops on state and national highways, which takes effect from April 1. And since each road in Chandigarh is a highway, all alcohol shops might be shut down from April.
Municipal Corporation had financial issues some 20 years back, and it categorised Chandigarh into state and national highways for maintenance of roads.
According to the reports, the Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal said, ‘In Chandigarh, Sectors are 1.2 km long and 0.8 km wide. With all vertical roads being state highways, 500 metres on either side of the road covers the whole of the city. Thus, all sectors come within 500 metres of state highways.’
Uum, that explains a lot. Doesn’t it?
However, a four-member-committee has been set up which comprises of a taxation commissioner, chief architect, MC Chief Engineer and a UT Chief Engineer. Let’s see what happens after the committee submits its report next week.