Few days ago, a liquor shop was opened in Niho Scottish Mall in Ahinsa Khand II. However, it did not go down well with the residents of Niho Scottish Garden who demanded the shop's closure as they believed that the presence of shop in the area is both illegal and unethical.
"The shop in the middle of more than a dozen housing societies and is a threat to the residents, especially women and girls. It will promote anti-social activities and drunkards would create nuisance in the area," said Sanjeev Sharma, a resident of the area.
And now the residents have decided to meet District Magistrate of Ghaziabad, Ajay Shankar Pandey, to demand closing of the shop.
The shop is currently closed after the residents staged a protest few days ago. Later, the Apartment Owner’s Association (AOA) of Niho Scottish Garden Society wrote to the district administration demanding removal of the shop from the locality and termed it illegal.
Ajay Singh Tanwar, Secretary of AOA of Niho Scottish Garden claimed that as per the rules and regulations of the state excise act, the shop is running illegally. “Also the shop should be shut when the residents are agitated with its operation,” he said. Tanwar supported his claim by citing chapter 3 of Uttar Pradesh Number And Location Of Excise Shops Rules 1968.
As per chapter 3 of Uttar Pradesh Number And Location Of Excise Shops Rules 1968, No new shop (liquor) or sub-shop shall be licensed in close proximity to a place of public resort, school, hospital, place of worship or factory, or at the entrances to a market or a residential colony and all objections to the licensing of a shop or sub-shop made by persons affected, shall receive full consideration
“Besides, Niho Mall is a complex of convenient shops built for the ease of the residents of Niho Scottish Garden. As per the UP Apartment Act, the sale of meat and liquor is not allowed in convenient shops. However, due to its (Niho Mall) location, it can be accessed by anyone but that doesn’t mean that it should be treated as a full commercial entity,” added Tanwar.