NHAI Chairman Asks States to Remove Liquor Shops from Highways

New Delhi: In the wake of increasing number of road accidents due to drunken driving, the Chairman, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has also requested all Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries/Secretaries (Transport) of all States/UTs to ensure that no license is issued to liquor vendors along National Highways.  State Governments have also been requested to review cases wherever license had already been given for liquor vendors along National Highways for taking corrective action.

The total number of road accidents, persons killed and injured due to intake of alcohol on all roads in the country during the last three calendar years from 2013 to 2015 are

Year Total number of road accident on National Highways Total number of persons killed on National Highways Total number of persons injured on National Highways Total number of road accident due to intake of Alcohol in respect of all roads Total number of persons killed due to intake of Alcohol in respect of  all roads Total number of persons injured due to intake of Alcohol in respect of all roads
2013 1,36,786 45,612 1,43,107 20,290 6,463 20,081
2014 1,37,903 47,649 1,47,696 18,916 6,968 19,432
2015 1,42,268 51,204 1,45,341 16,298 6,755 18,813

After the statistics road accident due to intake of Alcohol revealed astonishing figures the NHAI chairman has written to the states to take urgent action. The Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Pon. Radhakrishnan informed it in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

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