The residents of Govind Puri knocked the doors of a Delhi court to get relief, the residents wanted to relocate a new liquor store that was to be opened.The excise department was pulled into a court battle as the residents of Govindpuri protested against the opening of a new liquor store in a residential colony in the area.
“The area is residential and had a religious structure in very close proximity. People held their Satyagraha against the opening of this shop.”Khavinder Singh Captain (Former Councillor)
According to the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, no retail vend of liquor shall be located within 100 meters of major educational institutions, religious places and hospitals with fifty beds and above.
The locals of the Govind Puri area said that the Delhi Development Authority’s land rules had permitted only certain commercial activities and a liquor shop is not one of them.
Earlier, the locals had also written to AAP MLA Atishi about the opening of the liquor store. The MLA then directed the excise department to respond to the matter. In response to the MLA, the excise department directed the license holder of ‘L-7Z’ to relocate the shop to some other spot due to objections. The case was however, disposed off by the High Court.
The High Court had intervened in a similar case where the residents opposed the opening of a new liquor shop near the residential area in Andrews Ganj.