Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has ordered the reopening of 466 licensed liquor outlets within the limits of corporations and municipalities that were shuttered following the Supreme Court order banning sales of alcohol within 500 meters of National and State highways.
The move came in the wake of the apex court’s clarification in the verdict regarding outlets located on stretches of highways running inside city limits.
These outlets can open their doors for business on Saturday itself by obtaining permission from the respective excise deputy commissioners. As most of these bars had paid the renewal fee online, they would be able to start functioning without any delay, officials informed.
The Excise Department has received several fresh applications for new bar licenses, they added.
The number of bars currently operational in Kerala is 121. The government has issued licenses to four more bars located within corporation and municipality limits.
The 466 licensed outlets to be reopened include four bars within corporation/municipality limits, 276 wine and beer parlors (147 on NH and 129 on SH), 148 toddy shops (72 on NH and 76 on SH), 25 Bevco outlets (15 on NH and 10 on SH), 10 private clubs, and three military canteens.