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Liquor Ban issue takes U-turn: Bypass roads to be declared as State Highways

To refrain from the Supreme Court’s order to ban all the liquor shops located on the state highways, the government has decided to de-notify the state highways meandering from the cities of Uttarakhand. To settle the matter from both the sides the government will soon declare the bypasses as state highways. PWD Secretary Arvind Singh Hanki has asked the officials of the Public Works Department to inspect the area, after which the government will pass the order for declaring the bypasses as the new state highways.

Liquor Ban issue takes U-turn: Bypass roads to be declared as State Highways

Src: In a protest against liquor ban in Uttarakhand women of Gholteer, Rudraprayag hurled at the liquor shops and damaged it

There are around 63 state highways in Uttarakhand if the government will declare the bypasses as state highways then many liquor shops will be pardoned from the Supreme Court’s order. This smart move of the Uttarakhand government will solve the problem of banning the liquor shops that are thriving on the state highways.

Shimla Bypass will become a part of NH-72

The government has sent a proposal to the Central Government for declaring Shimla bypass as a part of NH72 currently, GMS road is a part of NH72. Likewise, the Lalkua-Kathgodam bypass will also be notified as NH for which the proposal has been sent to the central government. Denotifying the state highway can have a major effect on the condition of the roads as the budget sanctioned for the road development will decrease.

Liquor Ban issue takes U-turn: Bypass roads to be declared as State Highways

Src: Women at Gholteer, Rudraprayag protesting for liquor ban in Uttarakhand

The PWD officials told that it’s easier to get the budget for the construction of the main roads as many heavy vehicles pass through it. While the budget slated for the regular roads is comparatively less as they are less functional in terms of heavy vehicles.

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