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Gurugram’s Sector 29 outlets get final nod to serve liquor


As many as 16 pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants in Sector 29 started serving liquor on Monday evening after getting clearance from the excise commissioner in Chandigarh. Ten outlets in Ambience Mall along with The Westin, Crowne Plaza and two restaurants also got the state excise department’s nod to serve liquor, sources said.

According to officials at the excise office in Gurugram, the commissioner’s office in Chandigarh cleared 30 outlets on Monday. Deputy commissioner Hardeep Singh-led district-level committee, which includes officials of excise department, PWD, NHAI, DTCP, Gurgaon police and Huda, had given its approval to 38 outlets in Sector 29, Ambience Mall, Crowne Plaza, Rajiv Chowk and Sohna Road at a meeting held on April 21.

“The clearance has come from the head office in Chandigarh. We will have some more processes to follow now. But yes, since they have got the approval, these outlets can start serving liquor now,” a senior excise official told TOI.

Sources said the excise department is expected to take a final decision on granting approval to outlets in Cyber Hub within a week.

Around 16 bars and restaurants, including OTB, Chull, Vapour, 4U Concert, The Walking Street, DiVino, Agent Jack’s Bidding Bar, Factory by Sutra, Warehouse Cafe, Adda by Striker, The Addams House, Prankster, Golden Dragon, Sense of Spirit, Punjabi By Nature and Barcelos had either shut completely or stopped serving alcohol in Sector 29 after the Supreme Court ordered a ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways.
On April 21, Huda had clarified in a letter to the deputy excise and taxation commissioner that the office had no objection in tweaking entry and exit to Sector 29.
Pub and bar owners welcomed the decision to give approval to the outlets. Inderjit Banga, co-owner of Prankster at Sector 29 told TOI, “The move will definitely revive the night life in Gurugram. There is immense joy and excitement everywhere, especially among our employees who have got jobs back.”
Ashwin Chaudhary, who runs multiple outlets in Cyber Hub and Sector 29, said the employees and owners of outlets were glad to see the business back in action. “I am extremely happy for my employees who have been working with me for six years. Some of them are away at their villages and will have to be called back,” said Chaudhary.

Source: Times Of India

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