A liquor shop located on a narrow lane near the foot overbridge of Grand Southern Trunk Road in Chrompet is a cause of concern for the residents as well as road users here.
The outlet was established this February and it faced the wrath of many. It is in the vicinity of various hangout joints, commercial establishments, residential complexes and educational institutions. In addition, the facility is close to the Chrompet bus stand and railway station.
A social activist, V Santhanam, said, “The residents living near the outlet are flustered over its location. The building next to the liquor shop is a marriage hall. The hall hosts several auspicious occasions and invitees are now in a fix. The commuters and road users consume alcohol before continuing the journey to their destinations.”
Residents claim that the authorities indirectly encourage people to indulge in drunken driving. “The number of incidences must have raised in the past few months. The road users of all age groups use the narrow lane to reach the Eastern side of Chrompet. Also, the safety of women is thrown to the winds. The authorities should relocate the outlet with an immediate effect,” said a resident of New Colony, V Sharmila.
A street vendor, Shanmugam, said, “Quarrels between tipplers and the public have become an order of the day. There is little or no space in the busy road for the public to avoid tipplers. The vehicle users are inconvenienced while parking.”
The residents had registered their concern even before opening the shop here. On the condition of anonymity, a resident said, “Earlier, the space was utilised by a garment shop. They were asked to vacate to accommodate a liquor store here. The place certainly brings profit to the government as thousands of people frequently visit these places.”
The stretch accommodates three liquor shops which are just a few meters away. “The GST Road is becoming a haven for tipplers. Already, the Chrompet GH is attending a huge number of road accident cases reported in Chengalpattu and beyond with limited facilities.”
Police officers maintain that they had not received any complaint pertaining to this.