Maharashtra Government Bans Alcohol Consumption At Forts

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The majestic forts that once stood vanguard for the pride of valiant kings have stood the test of time and weather. A visit to these architectural achievements not only inspires awe but also a deep sense of pride for our culture and tradition. However, many tourists sully these grounds with their conduct on the influence of alcohol. To curb such practices, the Maharashtra Government recently took active steps to curb alcohol abuse and also maintain the sanctity of these structures.

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What’s In It?

The Maharashtra Government issued a ban on alcohol consumption at ancient forts in the state. This act was in the wake of taking precautionary measures to prevent alcohol abuse. The resolution states that under Section 85 of the Maharashtra ban on Liquor Act 1949, first-time offenders will incur a fine of Rs. 10,000 and six months imprisonment. Second-time offenders will be liable for imprisonment for up to one year with a fine of Rs. 10,000.

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Furthermore, Maharashtra is home to at least 350 forts and the Home Department has taken active steps to ensure their sanctity and protection by issuing directives to respective departments and authorities to stick warning notices at historical sites. The Maharashtra Tourism Minister has praised the said initiative as a welcome decision to ban alcohol consumption at forts as these structures are the pillars of their strength and devotion.

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What’s More?

Well, you might not be able to have alcohol at the forts. But on the brighter side, recently, the Maharashtra Government approved the proposal of allowing shops and eateries to remain open round-the-clock. As per this order, from January 27th,  multiplexes, restaurants, shops, and malls will be able to remain open 24X7. This move ensures that the nightlife culture of Mumbai will become even more vivacious. So you can chill till the wee hours of the morning, shopping, eating and even watching movies with your loved ones in Mumbai.

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The malls that have agreed to remain open 24X7 include Till now, Oberoi Mall in Goregaon, Atria Mall in Worli, R-City Mall in Ghatkopar, Phoenix Market City in Kurla, and High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel. But these malls have also pointed out that remaining open throughout the week is not feasible for them and so, they will do so only during weekends. So the next time you visit forts in Maharashtra you may not be able to consume alcohol but you can visit Mumbai and carry on with the party. Did you know Mumbai Traffic Signals To Get Decibel Meters; More Honking Will Increase Waiting Time?