05 MayCyber Hub gets nod to serve liquor again
GURUGRAM: You can once again head back to Cyber Hub for a tipple.
The first drinks were poured in Gurgaon’s most popular hangout on Thursday evening since April 1 when the Supreme Court ban on sale of alcoholnear highways came into effect, its bars springing back to life after a clearance from the excise commissioner’s office in Chandigarh.
“The final nod has been granted to outlets in Cyber Hub, and they are allowed to start serving alcohol post the order,” said HC Dahiya, deputy excise and commissioner, Gurgaon (west), who oversaw the measurement exercise on which hinged the fates of bars as well as pubs and restaurants with liquor licences in Cyber Hub. Of the 36 pubs, bars and restaurants at Cyber Hub, 32 have got permission to serve liquor again. The remaining four haven’t applied for renewal, excise officials said.
There wasn’t an immediate rush as it was a Thursday and the news had yet to reach people but Cyber Hub will gear up for a bumper weekend after a 35-day dry run. Late in the evening, a group of bar and restaurant owners gathered to raise a quiet toast after contentedly watching bartenders go back to their counters.
The way to the green signal was, literally, a circuitous one, achieved by changing the entries and exits of Cyber Hub and tweaking the approach route to increase motorable distance to over a kilometre from NH-8. Motorable distance was the yardstick applied by the excise department in the wake of the Supreme Court order banning sale of alcohol within 500 metres of a state or national highway. “Cyber Hub is India’s largest food and entertainment destination and a prestigious landmark of the city. It is a day of redemption for our customers and employees as we resume operations of our restaurants. We thank all our stakeholders in making this possible,” said Rahul Singh, who heads the Haryana chapter of the National Restaurants Association of India.