The mushrooming of illegal wine shops in the city is creating a major nuisance for residents.”These wine shape have came up on highway, MG road ,green belts, main road side. People bye their drinks, have them in their cars and then drive away. This is happening everywhere. Police department now again there is a Iull. Not only such drunkards at wheel are a threat to innocent lives but they also create a nuisance for area residenrs,” says a resident who does not want to be named.
The illegal shops have come up mainly on the main roads of DLF I,II,II, near Sushant Lok, Sikandarpur and Faridabad road. Many of then are close to the residential areas and are a nuisance in the vicinity. Sudhir Kapoor, general secretary, DLF says ,”The authorities do not shop them and have even granted permission to put seats (aahata) near the shops so that customers can sit and drink there.
Despite campaigning against drunken driving, the government itself is promoting such behavior. There are no putting up a liquor shop in a residential area. There shop could be run in markets but roadsides are not suitable at all”.
The different NGOs and residents groups have also come forward to remove such illegal shops. Many complaints have been put by the RWAs, residents and NGOs also but the excise department has nothing to say on that front Vivek kamboj, founder, haryali (NGO for main tainting and promoting greenery) says, “Many liquor shop have been put up in green belt and approached the excise department but till now tree is no response. While authorities remove encroachments in residential areas but liquor shops continue to run. Green belts are not for Manager of Central Arcade Market Association says, “Liquor is soid out in the open on the main road after 10 pm and the crow d of drinkers that gathers here creates trouble for nearby residents “.
“There are certain rules that need to be taken care of for putting a liquor shop like it should be 100 m away from residential areas, 150 m away from schools and religious places One liquor shop has been running in DLF ID block despite opposition from many residents. The shop is open are 24X7 and we do get complaints when school kids are found purchasing liquor,” says RS Rather, president of Mission Gurgaon.