With Supreme Court banning liquor vends within 500 metres on state and national highways, Bengaluru had to forgo around 360 liquor shops and 18 pubs. However, Toit, a brewpub escaped the ban, as it was located exactly 510 metres from the National Highway 75.
What a difference 10 metres can make?
According to Arun George, co-founder of Toit Brewpub said that because of the order, the business has been non existenet from July 1 onwards. He also said that he is not be able to compensate for the losses made by another pub which is located on Hosur road.
The Supreme Court has in an order has said that liquor vendors within 500 metres of national and state highways will have to shut down. The court has given some exemptions to Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh. It also held that areas with a population up to 20,000 may have liquor vends at a distance of 220 metres from the highways.
Following the top court's order, high end pubs in MG Road, Brigade Road, Indiranagar and Church Street as well as Old Madras Road have lost business running into crores in the last three days.