Hyderabad: The Telangana Wine Dealers’ Association has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to ban liquor sales on State and National Highways across the country, but wanted protection of their interests too. The court gave these orders while hearing pleas seeking direction to amend excise laws to ensure that no liquor is sold on highways.
“No doubt the shops should be removed from highways, but the interest of owners, who invested money and secured licences for two years must be protected,” said association’s general secretary D Venkateswara Rao.
Owners expressed that it was difficult to differentiate a National Highway or State Highway and the roads in twin cities due to absence of signboards. “We should see how the government would be able to implement the orders,” he said.
When contacted, Prohibition and Excise Department Additional Commissioner P Rajasekhar Rao said the government would be able to take a decision only after getting an order copy.