Stores along denotified highways in cities can sell alcohol, says Supreme Court

New Delhi, Jul 4: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay decisions by local governments to denotify national and state highways as district roads if the thoroughfares were within city limits. The apex court’s ruling was a response to a petition by non-governmental organisation Arrive Safe Society of Chandigarh, which challenged the local administrations’ initiatives to circumvent the ban on sale of alcohol within 500 metres of state and national highways. Several other states had also resorted to reclassifying highway stretches to avoid coming under the purview of the ban. “We could have considered [staying the move], but the denotified highways are those which fall within the city where there is no fast moving traffic,” Mint quoted Chief Justice JS Khehar as saying. The court said the ban aimed at curbing people from driving under the influence of alcohol on high-speed highways. (Agencies)