PANAJI: The fate of 500-odd alcohol vending units, whose licences were not renewed owing to a December 2016 Supreme Court order, is yet to be decided.

Excise commissioner Amit Satija, said his department was awaiting the state government’s response after the departments of town and country planning, and urban development submitted their recommendations pertaining to the licences. An official at the state finance department said the recommendations were still being examined.

In April last year, the state government had decided to give relief to alcohol outlets falling in areas contiguous to municipalities or in those that were sufficiently developed as cluster towns.

The initial order of the Supreme Court had affected around 3,200 outlets in Goa. Passed in December 2016, it had directed states not to renew licences of alcohol outlets located within 500 metres of highways.

However, the apex court subsequently allowed states to that were notified as part of national highways.

A few months later, it passed another order exempting municipal areas from the highway .

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