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Relief to remaining 513 outlets from SC order on highway liquor ban

Panaji: The state government has finally cleared way for renewal of all remaining retail liquor shops by categorising villages as ‘sufficiently developed’ ‘partly developed’ and ‘not sufficiently developed.’

These liquor outlets were earlier not renewed on or after March 31, 2017.

The order issued by the government on Friday has given relief to the remaining 513 retail liquor shops.

Finance Secretary Daulat Hawaldar Friday issued the order directing modification of the plan of action dated February 7, 2017, and directed the Commissioner of Excise to proceed to renew the licences of the remaining petitioners for the retail sale of liquor, in view of the direction of the apex court in writ petition of 2018 (Kaloji Wines and other v/s the State of Goa and others).

The Finance Secretary also directed the Commissioner of Excise to proceed to renew licences for the retail sale of liquor within the villages categorised as ‘sufficiently developed’ ‘partly developed’ and ‘not sufficiently developed’ and which were earlier not renewed on or after March 31, 2017, on account of directions of the Supreme Court in the judgments on December 15, 2016, March 31, 2017 and February 23, 2018, provided other conditions for grant/ renewal of the licences are fully met and subject to the condition that there was no illegal sale of liquor or contravention of the provisions of Goa Excise Duty Act and Rules, 1964, by the licensee concerned.

The Supreme Court has passed an order that no shop selling liquor shall be visible from national or state highway, directly accessible from a national or state highway and situated within a distance of 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of a service land along highway.

The order affected over 3,200 retail liquor shops, bars and restaurants in Goa. However, after modification of the order by the apex court, there were only 513 liquor establishments waiting for renewal.

Now, with the categorising of the villages, the state government has given relief to all the remaining liquor shop owners and directed the excise department to proceed with renewal of licences.

As per the government order, sufficiently developed villages include Dhargalim, Tamboxem, Torxem, Amerem, Porascodem, Virnoda, Khajne and Uguem in Pernem taluka, Sircaim and Assonora in Bardez taluka, Nanora, Dodamarg, Surla, Velguem in Bicholim taluka, Querim and Goneteli in Sattari, Siridao in Tiswadi, Chandor, Camurlim, Cavorim, Dramapur, Guirdolim, Loutolim, Nagoa, Sirlim and Telaulim in Salcete, Barcem and Cordem in Quepem taluka.

Partly developed villages category includes the revenue villages such as Adcolna, Bhoma, Velinga, Cundaim, Candepar, Shiroda and Panchawadi in Ponda taluka, Pale in Mormugao, Assolda and Xelvona in Quepem, Bandoli, Codli, Dudal (Dabal), Dharbandora, Molem in Dharbandora taluka and Pollem, Loliem and Poinguinim in Canacona.

The revenue villages of Morlem, Bhuipal and Sonus-Vollvoilem in Sattari taluka have been included in the not sufficiently developed villages category.

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