Poll fever: Liquor bars in Goa to shut down early

The flow of liquor in Goa would get restricted from Wednesday onwards in the wake of forthcoming state legislative assembly election.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2012, 23:02 PM IST

Panaji: The flow of liquor in Goa would get
restricted from Wednesday onwards in the wake of forthcoming
state legislative assembly election.

The District Magistrate, at the behest of state election
commission, restricted the working time of liquor bars,
eateries and restaurants in the state including those in five
star hotels to 11 PM from January 25 to February 6.

The order further stipulates that the outlets will need
to shut down by 10 PM from February 6 to March 6.

District Magistrate Mihir Vardhan said the restrictions
have been imposed to ensure that liquor is not used to entice
voters.

"There is a nuisance wherever there are liquor outlets
open till late night," he said.

Polls in Goa are scheduled for March 3 and counting of
votes will take place on March 6. Vardhan said that the police
and excise department officials will conduct raids at the
outlets which would not follow the order.

The restricted timing orders are issued under Section 144
of CrPC and 29 (1) of Goa Excise Act.

The officials said that even those outlets which have
permits to operate till late nights, including those in five
star hotels, will have to shut down as per the stipulated
timings.

Presently, bars close their shutters depending upon the
permission given but generally tend to do business till late
night.

PTI