Letter versus Spirit

In an effort to reduce drunk driving, India’s Supreme Court recently banned the sale of liquor within 500 meters of national and state highways. According to India Times (citing local excise officials), the 500 meters is measured not by aerial distance but by walking distance. To fall into compliance without having to close or relocate, a bar in a suburb of Kochi constructed a maze-like wall which now puts it 520 meters from the highway. Called the “wall of love”, this 250 meter long, 10 meter wide walkway was completed in three days and is likely sufficient to keep the bar operating legally, according to local officials.

The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor – Photo: BCCL

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