NEW DELHI: The city will likely have more than 500 government-run liquor stores when the transition to the old excise regime takes place from September 1.
This number is expected to increase to 700 by the end of the year. The number of functional liquor stores in Delhi is currently down to just 300 with more zonal licensees including one that catered to Lutyens’ Delhi and Cantonment area, surrendering their permits. Only government-run stores will meet alcohol retail demand in the capital from next month. A sub-committee formed to oversee the opening of new liquor stores submitted its recommendations to a government committee, headed by the Principal Secretary (Finance), to oversee the transition. TOI agreed to the panel’s recommendations.
The government is unlikely to include pvt players in the retail liquor business
A sub-committee formed to oversee the opening of new liquor stores in the capital has recommended that the four state corporations – Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DIICD), Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation (DSCSC) and Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store (DCCWS) — have collectively set up 500 stores to make them operational from September 1.
“It was recommended that DTTDC operate 150 stores in Zones 1-9, DSIIDC also open 150 stores in Zones 10-18, while DCCWS and DSCSC have 100 stores operational in Zones 19-24 and 25-30” , said an official. . By the end of 2022, DTTDC and DSIIDC are expected to increase the number of stores by 60 and DSCSC and DCCW by 40 each.
“These areas are only the indicators of the areas in which sales are to be opened. An exception to the assigned areas may be allowed in the event that a company has premises in an area other than the area assigned to it, “says the report.
The sub-committee also suggested that DTTDC open its stores at Delhi International Airport while DSIIDC caters to Delhi and Lutyens Cantonment area which will add to the 500 stores.
“It was also suggested that each agency now open two stores each in their area to sell premium liquor and add three more to the tally by December,” the report said. Since no commercial activity can be carried out in non-compliant areas, which also became a contentious issue earlier this year, the subcommittee recommended that these stores be opened closer to these localities to prevent the market black and smuggling.
People who ran shops during the old excise regime until September 2021 demanded the ability to set up sales to meet growing demand for alcohol, but sources said the government would not include probably no private players in alcohol retailing. this time.
According to officials, companies have been recommended to pay a maximum of 15% of their gross profit in rent, which was previously 12.5%. “In case of stores located in shopping malls, an exception to the aforementioned rent may be allowed,” the report said.
Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar held a meeting with area permit holders on Thursday to take their views on the changes that should be made to the excise policy.