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All open-air bars in MP will be shut down from next month: Shivraj Chouhan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that all the ‘Ahatas’ (open-air bars or liquor vends) running in Madhya Pradesh will be shut from April 1.

“All the Ahatas in Madhya Pradesh will be closed from April 1. Whoever wants to drink alcohol should take it to his house,” CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was speaking at the foundation stone laying program of Sheopur Medical College. The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet in February decided to close all ‘ahatas’ in the state in a bid to cut and discourage the consumption of alcohol.

The decision effectively mandates the closure of all open-air vends as alcohol will, henceforth, be sold and purchased over the counter at liquor shops and no public consumption will be allowed.

Earlier, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “The Cabinet has approved a proposal to close all (open-air) bars operating in the state. Now, liquor can only be bought and sold over the counter at liquor shops,”

“Since 2010, no new liquor shop has been closed in the state. We have introduced a new liquor policy this year to discourage people from consuming alcohol,” Mishra said.

The minister added that the Cabinet also decided to go for stricter enforcement of rules to suspend the driving licences of those accused of drink-driving.

He added, “The minimum distance of liquor shops from educational and religious places has also been increased from 50 to 100 metres. This apart, rules will be enforced more strictly against those caught driving under the influence of alcohol.”

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