Bawankule also mentioned that provision of 'denotification' of a part of highway was already there, as the Public Works Department had issued a notification in the past that municipal councils and Zilla Parishads should take charge of the highways passing through their areas if they are part of ring-roads or circular roads.
As a fall-out of yesterday's SC order, "the estimated loss is Rs 7,000 crore (per year)," Bawankule said.
"But it's Supreme Court's order, we will comply with it. We will find some alternative way to increase the revenue," he added.
If the owners of affected liquor shops apply for a fresh license outside the limit of 500 metres from highways, they will be given a new license without transfer fee, he said.
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant slammed the government for its earlier decision to renew licenses of more than 13,000 bars and permit rooms along the highways, based on the legal opinion given by the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to the Kerala Government that the apex court's order didn't affect them.
"By reinstating the licenses (of bars and permit rooms) which fall within 500 meters of highways, the government showed it supported the liquor shops rather than caring for people's lives," Sawant said.
"Congress had opposed the decision and now with the SC stating that all permit rooms and bars along the highways will be shut from today, our stand is vindicated," Sawant said.
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