There would be a total ban on the sale and consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian food in the vicinity of the temples in Varanasi. According to sources, alcohol and non-vegetarian food items will not be allowed within a 250-metre radius of all temples and heritage sites in Varanasi.

Two days ago, the Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC) had cleared a proposal for a complete ban on alcohol and non-vegetarian food in a periphery of 250 metres near temples and heritage sites, said an official on Monday.

The decision was taken at the executive committee of the VMC chaired by Mayor Mridula Jaiswal. Narsingh Das, deputy chairman VMC said, “In the meeting of the executive committee, corporator Rajesh Yadav put up a proposal for a complete ban on liquor and non-vegetarian food near the temples and heritage sites in the 250-metre periphery.”

“Alcohol and non-vegetarian food should be banned near the temples and heritage sites on the lines of similar rules in Haridwar and Ayodhya,” Yadav said.

Narsingh Das, deputy chairman VMC said that the proposal has been passed by the executive committee after a discussion and it will now be tabled in the next session of the Varanasi Municipal Corporation. After being passed in the session, it will be sent to the state government for final approval.

Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency with around 2,000 temples, including the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had in April announced a ban on liquor shops and sale of non-vegetarian food at all places of worship including Varanasi, Vrindavan, Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Deoband, Dewa Sharif, and Misrikh-Naimisharanya.

(With agency inputs)