Jaipur, April 4: Rajasthan government on Tuesday taking an important decision has declared the state highways passing through populated areas as urban roads in order to prevent huge loss to its income and the liquor sector.\
Notably, the state's public works department (PWD) issued an order for denotification of 190 kilometres of 21 state highways passing through 16 districts and measuring 3,029 kilometres as urban roads or other district roads to prevent a huge loss.
Importantly, Supreme Court in gave a verdict to shut the liquor shops which are within 500 metres of national and state highways from 1st of April this year. However, the apex court had reduced the distance from 500 metres to 220 metres in municipal areas having the population less than 20,000. This historic decision by apex court was completely taken into the favour of mankind.
Due to the apex court verdict, thousands of restaurants, liquor shops, bars and employees were affected as their source of income was barred. Therefore in order to prevent those liquor shops, restaurants, bars and employees Rajasthan government decided to declare state highways into urban roads.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have already consulted the roads ministry to circumvent Supreme Court's liquor ban order at National and State Highways. The Telangana government wants the deadline for closure to be extended until September end. There are about 1,400 vends and bars in the state, located within 500 metres from highways. Interestingly, the road ministry had pushed the idea of liquor ban on national highways more than a decade ago.