Hardly nine square kilometers in size, Mahe has 62 registered liquor shops.

Tipplers paradise Mahe to be hit hard by ban on liquor shops along highways
news Liquor Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 10:29

With the Supreme Court ordering the closure of all liquor outlets along national and state highways, the focus is back on Mahe- the tipplers paradise.

Mahe will face the biggest shock of the SC order, reports Sudhakaran P for The Times of India.

Hardly nine square kilometers in size, Mahe, a tiny area in Puducherry, bordering the state of Kerala has 62 registered liquor shops. 

The enforcement of the SC verdict will see liquor shops wiped out from Mahe, a dream that many activists have been cherishing for decades. Women and children have often found it difficult to venture out for the fear of habitual drunkards often passing out on the roads, not always fully clothed. 

"Though the liquor barons might try to relocate the bars, this is a blessing for the town where life has become miserable for residents," MLA V Ramachandran told ToI.

Jinos Basheer, secretary of Mayyazhikootam, an organization of expatriates from Mahe, sees it as a victory for the people of Mahe. 

In 2001, the organization had moved the Madras High Court under the banner of Mahe Prohibition Council.

Writer M Mukundan, who is a resident of Mahe, said that it was a great verdict that would save the people of Mahe from the menace of liquor. 

“The abundance of liquor and unhealthy drinking habits have made Mahe a tippler's paradise and we hope the verdict will address the issues including liquor-induced health ailments,” he was quoted as saying. 

 

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