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Maha declares Chandrapur as ‘dry’ district

Maharashtra Government today declared mineral rich Chandrapur district in Vidarbha region as ‘dry district’, imposing ban on the sale, purchase, production and consumption of liquor.

Chandrapur will be the third district in the state after neighbouring Wardha and Gadchiroli, also in east Maharashtra, where liquor prohibition is brought in.

An official in the Chief Minister’s Office said all the three districts are situated on the state’s borders and there is a possibility of illicit liquor trade and need of the hour is for effective curbs on such activities.

“The social justice department will undertake a programme to create awareness against consumption
of alcohol. A separate department will be created for effectively implementing prohibition in these three districts for which adequate manpower will be provided for police and excise departments,” the official said.

All alcohol permits in Chandrapur will be cancelled and would be shifted to other districts other than Wardha, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur as per the requests of the permit-holders while adhering to rules and guidelines.
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