Sanjeev K Ahuja | March 28, 2011 (Hindustan Times)
Gurgaon: Liquor vents and pubs in this city seem to be on a high, with a population of 18 lakh, the Millennium City has surpassed Delhi in terms of availability of liquor. Compared to Delhi, which has liquor shop for every 1.9 lakh people, Gurgaon has one for every 6,450 residents.
What is shocking, however, is that liquor is sold even to school students in Gurgaon. The recent detention of 83 students of a premier public school (most of them as young as 12) from a binge party In a city pub sent chills down the spines of many residents.
Many pubs have gone to the extent of dishing out officers to lure school student to organize being parties at their outlets. Besides, despite a ban, vends offer free home delivery of all brands of liquor.
Although the sale of liquor to persons below 21 years is prohibited, the rule is seldom followed by liquor vends or pubs. Any child can walk into any vend and buy any brand without any question being asked.
HT witnessed eight –year-old Ballu (namechanged), a helper at a roadside tea stall on MG Road, procure two bottles of strong beer in five minutes.
HT also saw two classes II students buy the brands they asked for. “We have parties at roadside liquor vends regularly,” said one of the students.
Vivek Kamboj, a resident of Sushant LOk, said it was easier to get alcohol than milk in Gurgaon not only because of the abundance of liquor joints but also the flexible timings of vends.
“A grocer has to shut his shop at 8pm but a liquor vend can run till late into the night all seven days of the week,” he said.
(A grocer has to shut his shop at 8pm but a liquor vend can run till late into the night all seven days of the week. VIVEK KAMBOJ Sushant Lok resident)