The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI)
is considering to file a review petition on Supreme Court's order of
banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways across the country
from March 31.
Pradeep Shetty, member of FHRAI's legal committee,
said, "We are considering filing a review petition on the matter. We
believe we can have a better hearing now. Previously, we didn't get
enough time for the hearing and we feel we were caught in the crossfire
of liquor associations."
Members of western states such as
Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, and union
territory of Daman and Diu met to take stock of the matter.
saw a bandh on Monday, with 7,000 people participating in the protest.
In Diu, 100 bar licensee holders have been affected due to the ban and
the confusion because of a district road which got notified as a highway
Yatin Fugro, representative of the local Diu Hotels
Association, said, "We were told a major district road got notified as a
highway in 2014 and no one was aware of this including our district
magistrate. The fight is against the national highway and not just the
liquor ban in Diu."
Riyaaz Amlani, president of the National
Restaurant Association of India, said states such as Delhi and Haryana
have started the process of measuring the distance between highways and
Manbir Chaudhary, President, Hotels and Restaurant
Association of Haryana, said, "We met the Haryana government officials
yesterday and they have agreed to consider the motorable distance for
measuring the distance between highways and hotels. The process is on.
There are 194 bar licensees across Haryana in 22 districts."
experts said the measurement procedure, which will be state specific,
can lead to a series of litigation disputes in high courts.
said, "I can foresee about 50-100 new litigation disputes in high
courts as a result of this measurement parameters, which could be
different in each state. Parameters could vary depending on how the
distance will be measured and from where." Aashish Gupta, EO of
the Federa consultant CEO of the Federation of Associations in Indian
Tourism & Hospitality, said the process of measuring the distance is
on in certain states and the federation has requested that motorable
distance be taken into account. Industry associations are meeting
various state officials, he said.
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