The Wine shop near Rezang La Chowk, Palam Vihar: What is the fuss all about?
Wine shops are present at every nook and cranny in Gurgaon, but no one has raked up so much speculations, questions and disputes as the wine shop adjacent to Rezang La chowk, Palam Vihar. When the Rezang La chowk was built in 2012, the wine shop came under the scanner and a debate ensued, whereby, people wanted to remove the shop as it was near a school, a Hanuman Temple and a hospital.
While a number of people covered the reasons as to why the shop should be removed, no one actually asked the property owner's point of view. It is a business and someone has invested in it and of course that person would not want it to be removed. The citizens too took a myopic view and only understood one side of the picture.
However, when we contacted Satpal Yadav, who is an advocate and the owner of the property where the wine shop is situated, he gave us some valid points. When asked about the debate, he was initially agitated as no one prior to this had actually thought of asking his view.
However, when pacified, he said, ''First, I don't own the wine shop, I just own the property. But even then I do not think it should be removed. It is a Govt. approved drinking place with a proper license. Second, as per the law, a wine place should be 100 meters away from a school or religious institution, which this place is. Third, the Defense Service Officers Institution and the Candle Light restaurant are major drinking hubs in the area - and both in the same vicinity.''
He further added, ''Why single out one particular wine shop? Moreover, a group of people are maliciously harassing the owners for getting the wine shop removed for their own benefit. It has not created any law and order problem in the area and has not broken any legal framework of the country.''
If we think about it, ethically this might not be palatable to many, but practically the property owner cannot be refuted.
TC Rao, who is associated with Rezang La Chowk and the Columbia Asia hospital, which is next to the shop in question, both declined to comment on the matter.
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