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State to shut down liquor shops along highways as per SC order: Nayini

The State government was taking all possible measures to avert fatal road accidents along the national and State highways. The government would also strictly comply with the Supreme Court order to shut down liquor shops abutting across the State, Home Minister Nayini Narasinmha Reddy said today.

Replying to a question raised by Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar and others in the Assembly on Wednesday, the Home Minister said the government was also contemplating to set up 50 Highway Traffic Police Stations, each for every 50km, on the National and State Highways to prevent ghastly road accidents that were increasing of late. He said the State Government would implement Supreme Court order in order to curb accidental deaths occurring due to driving of vehicles under influence of alcohol.

The Home minister said to curb road accidents all the unit officers were instructed to launch special drives and take up preventive steps to avert road accidents and casualties in their respective jurisdictions and also to book cases under Motor Vehicle Act against the offenders. The State Government has proposed to set up traffic police stations along the national highways as a part of such preventive measures, he added. (NSS)