Ayodhya: UP bans sale of liquor within the 84-Kosi parikrama circuit of Ram temple

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Ayodhya: UP bans sale of liquor within the 84-Kosi parikrama circuit of Ram temple – Gudstory

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The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday banned the sale of liquor in the entire 84 kosi parikrama of the Ram temple in the holy city of Ayodhya, where the grand Ram temple is soon to be inaugurated, India Today reported.

UP Excise and Prohibition Minister Nitin Agarwal said the government has set up a ‘no liquor zone’ in the entire 84-Kosi Parikrama circuit and liquor shops in the prohibited area will either be shifted or removed.

This development happened after the Excise Minister met Champat Rai, General Secretary of Ayodhya Ram Mandir Trust. Aggarwal stressed that instructions for this action have already been issued.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to visit Ayodhya to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of several development projects costing more than Rs. Rs 11,100 crore for the improvement of civic amenities and development of world-class infrastructure in the holy city on December 30.

Aggarwal said, “It was our decision as per the instructions of the Chief Minister that we ban the sale of liquor on 84 Kosi Parikrama Marg. We have shifted the shops allotted there and we have completely banned the sale of liquor on that route. Ban has been imposed. This is a 150- to 175-km long road so we have shifted all the shops to other places.”

The minister further clarified that the ban on sale of liquor is limited only to the 84 Kosi parikrama of the Ram temple and does not apply to the rest of metropolitan Ayodhya.

84 There are more than 500 liquor shops in Kosi Parikrama area and after the order all the shops are closed.

It is noteworthy that in June 2022, the UP government had banned the sale of liquor in and around temples in Ayodhya and Mathura. Authorities canceled licenses of liquor vendors in Ayodhya. In Mathura, the administration ordered the closure of thirty-seven liquor, beer and cannabis shops located near temples. Three pubs located in hotels were closed.

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Published: 28 Dec 2023, 10:37 PM IST


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