Private liquor stores will be a thing of the past for the nation’s capital as they will be replaced by more than 300 Delhi government sales from Thursday due to the switch from the 2021-22 excise policy to the old regime, officials said. officials announced Wednesday.
The Delhi government plans to reinstate the old liquor excise tax system on September 1. This would bring several changes for Delhi residents, including the opening of 300 new liquor stores and four microbreweries.
After Lieutenant Governor V. K. Saxena suggested a CBI investigation following alleged anomalies in his execution, the 2021–22 Excise Policy was dropped. Private businesses will now close as of September 1.
Nearly 250 private alcohol sales, permitted under the now withdrawn Excise Policy 2021-22, are currently underway in the city.
Excise officials said liquor supplies will improve from the first week of September as more stores open.
“Currently, there are nearly 250 private stores which will be replaced by more than 300 government stores. So there will be more stores, and the number will increase further in the coming days, as 500 stores are expected to be opened by four government companies. of Delhi,” said a senior excise officer.
Government officials had promised to open 500 outlets in the first week of September and increase that number to 700 by the end of 2022. But for now, they have opted to go with 300. Some of them should be very busy. metro stations.
Under the 2021-2022 Excise Policy, the government granted private bidders zonal licenses for 849 liquor sales across the city.
Several government distributors will be located in shopping centers and near metro stations. According to officials, Delhi government enterprises – DTTDC, DSSIDC, DSCSC and DCCWS – aim to open 700 liquor stores in the city by the end of this year.
A mobile app, mAbkaridelhi, developed by the Excise Department, will go live in September, providing consumers with information on the location of liquor stores in their neighborhood and store hours.
The mobile app will be accessible from Google Play Store and can be downloaded in Hindi and English. According to officials, the iOS version will be released soon.
It will offer a wealth of details, including retail sales in a neighborhood, their hours, and the ability to search sales alphabetically so app users can provide feedback.
Additionally, the state administration has allowed restaurants and bars to operate microbreweries in addition to retailers. From the first week of September, Delhi will host four microbreweries serving draft beer.
A microbrewery, often referred to as a craft brewery, is a brewery that specializes in producing small batches of beer using conventional brewing techniques.
In the past, Delhi had two microbreweries: one in Connaught Place and the other in a five-star hotel on Janpath Road. But these were closed almost a year ago.
The 2021-2022 excise policy allowed microbreweries and beer lovers to take away. However, due to several factors, including the need for multi-agency permits, no new microbreweries could open in the city.
“We have licensed three to four microbreweries to start operations from the first week of September. They are awaiting licenses due to some pending approvals by different agencies,” a senior excise department official said.
“Other microbreweries will soon emerge,” another official said.