Party time back for Chennai: Anna Salai to reopen bars!
April 20, 2017, Chennai
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Chennai, April 20: Twenty days after the Supreme Court order to close down all liquor shops and bars across India which fall within 500ms of distance from state and national highways, the Tamil Nadu Government is planning to denotifying Anna Salai as a Highway and make it a city road, to help reopen liquor outlets and bars attached to star hotels, according to a report.
Supreme Court ordered to close liquour outlets and bars within 500mts of State and National Highways from April 1st. Chennai Mount Road will come under NH45 extension, so it was ordered to close all bars in star hotels and Tasmac shops on a 30km stretch between Muthuswamy Bridge (Near Fort station) and Tambaram.
According to Time of India report, the denotification will be taking place in a couple of days. Sources told the paper that the government has plans to downgrade the highway from Chennai till Chengalpet, and that this is being discussed at the highest levels of the government.
However source from Highway department told that they have not received any information on this so far.