Thiruvananthapuram, August 24: The bar hotels and beer-wine parlours near the state highways that were shut down from April 1 will reopen as per the decision of Kerala government as a part of Highway Protection Act, 1999. The decision to reopen these bars was taken at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Under the Supreme Court’s order, these bars and beer-wine parlours were shut since April 1, 2017. However, the decision to denotify state highways by reopening over 200 bars will be done within the corporation and municipality limits reported The Times of India. Also Read - UPSC Prelims: Will Aspirants Get an Extra Attempt? Check Central Govt's Decision

After Supreme Court’s decision of banning the sale of liquor within a distance of 500m from the national and state highways, at least 479 bars and liquor vends were closed in Kerala. According to sources, the state cabinet amended the original plan to denotify entire stretches of selected state highways. The cabinet amended it as it considered the Supreme Court’s latest order which said that state governments can take a decision on the status of roads within city-town limits. (ALSO READ: Liquor Ban Not Applicable on Outlets Within City Limits, Clarifies Supreme Court) Also Read - Sandalwood Drugs Case: Ragini Dwivedi Granted Bail by Supreme Court

At least 129 beer-wine parlours will be reopened along with 76 toddy parlours, 10 liquor outlets and four clubs with the licence to serve liquor, reported Manorama. Due to the ban on the sale of liquor near the highways, the excise department was hit badly. It lost one-tenth of its revenue from liquor sales. Also, the government had to face a daily loss of Rs 3 crore due to the ban on selling liquor in bar hotels and beer-wine parlours along state and national highway. In 2016, the state government earned Rs 10,500 crore from liquor sales, including sales tax, excise duty and licence fee. Also Read - Supreme Court Sends Notice to Mirzapur Makers, Amazon Prime Video