Liquor shops along Indian national highways

Road accidents occur due to the complex interaction of a number of factors which also include intake of alcohol and drugs. The State-wise data shows that number of road accidents caused due to intake of alcohol/drugs have decreased from 24,655 in 2011 to 23,979 in 2012 (the latest available data).

Licensing of liquor shops is covered under Excise Policy of the States. The Ministry does not maintain data on number of liquor shops opened and closed along National Highways.

Liquor shops along Indian national highwaysRecognizing the vital importance of quick medical assistance and evacuation of road accident victims’ in reducing the trauma and probability of death and disability associated with road accidents, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been implementing a Scheme ‘establishment of an integrated network of Trauma Centers’ along the Golden Quadrilateral, North-South and East-West Corridors of the National Highways by upgrading the trauma care facilities in identified State Government hospitals. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has provided advanced life support ambulances to the identified hospitals upgraded under this Scheme.

This was stated by Shri Sarvey Sathyanarayana, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.