No new liquor bars in residential colonies

Allotment of new retail licenses for liquor bars and wine stores in residential colonies in Goa will soon be frozen. The excise department is fine-tuning the modalities and the proposal will soon be sent for vetting to the law department. A notification is likely to be issued by September-end.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who also holds the finance portfolio, confirmed that the excise department is working out the modalities to classify areas so that new bar licenses can be prohibited in residential colonies but no such restrictions will be put on commercial areas. He also said the existing outlets will not be touched.

Parrikar said he has received many complaints from women in Goa that easy availability of liquor through bars in residential colonies is causing nuisance to everyone. Sources in the Excise department said that the department has already stopped receiving new applications for bars in residential areas.

Except for a rule that bans liquor outlets within a 100-metre radius from places of worship and educational institutions, there are no other controls in place to prevent the proliferation of liquor bars and wine stores in Goa [TOI]