The Goa government is to frame a policy to deal with the likely crisis in the State following the recent Supreme Court order banning all liquor outlets within 500 metres of national and State highways.
Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said members of the party’s manifesto committee voiced their concern at the meeting and added that the situation needs to be resolved by first implementing the SC order court and then giving relief to liquor shop owners.
However, he added that steps would only be taken after consultations with the Advocate General of the State.
“Let me first see the court order. I am yet to get a copy, only then will we be in a position to workout a policy. I had told you last week that perhaps we may have to relocate the liquor outlets beyond 500 metres,” he said.
Parsekar said that given the geography of Goa where several highways cross through the State, almost 50 per cent of business will be affected as per preliminary estimates. the Goa has over 10,000 liquor shops and a lot of them are on highways.