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Bars In The CBD Area To Remain Shut As Centre Rejects Karnataka’s Plea To Denotify NHs

Navya posted on 18 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

Party-goers and guzzlers in the city, it’s time to shed not-so-silent tears! The Central Government has just stamped a big, fat ‘Nay!’ on Karnataka’s request to redesignate NHs that crisscross the city.

A Long, Dry Spell

In a big blow to bars and watering holes around MG Road and other prominent highways in the city, the big bosses in the Central Government have replied with a stinging ‘No!’ to the State’s request to redesignate sections of National Highways. Means, your favourite bar in the CBD area and on other stretches like Silk Board, Electronics City, between Bengaluru and Nelamangala, Nelamagala and Tumukuru will continue to wear a deserted look.

In a letter dated August 14, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has said that denotification was not possible since the Ministry would then not be able to develop and maintain long stretches of the National Highways. This would, in turn, cause travellers discomfort, they stated. A copy of this letter has been submitted to the High Court of Karnataka that’s hearing a petition by liquor vendors in the city. So, it’s all eyes on the High Court now!

The story first appeared in Deccan Herald. You can read it here.