Liquor

Private liquor stores will remain closed for 45 days

Private liquor stores in Delhi will remain closed from October 1 as the new liquor license policy is set to be rolled out in the nation’s capital. In accordance with the new government policy of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), only government-run liquor stores will remain open while private liquor stores will be closed until November 16.

Areas where alcohol sales will be affected include RK Puram, Andrews Ganj, Lajpat Nagar, Patparganj, Rajouri Garden, Tughlaqabad, Kotla Mubarakpur, Inderpuri, Rani Bagh, Rohtash Nagar, Jilmil and Pandav Nagar.

Under the new excise policy, only government-run liquor stores will remain open while private liquor stores will be closed until November 16. This implies that in 106 city districts of Delhi, no liquor store will remain open until November 16.

Delhi has 80 neighborhoods without any liquor vendors. In 26 neighborhoods, there are only private alcohol vendors. Due to the new policy, these providers will be closed for 45 days starting October 1.

The retail liquor license was awarded to the highest bidders in 32 zones. Each zone has about 10 neighborhoods and 27 liquor vendors. Currently, there are 849 liquor stores in Delhi, of which 276 are private. The rest are operational under the state government department.

It comes as the Delhi government has asked wholesalers and government stores to maintain an adequate supply of alcohol in the nation’s capital. The instruction has been passed on to vendors and traders, keeping in mind the festival season which is fast approaching and during which the demand for alcohol is sure to increase.

The state government had issued tenders to set up retail sales under the new policy to prevent the formation of unions leading to overcharging and brand influence. Unlike the old policy, the new policy leaves it up to the licensee to decide on MRP rebate and rebate matters.

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