The Delhi government’s excise department started selling alcohol at metro stations on Saturday to meet customer demand. As of now, outlets have been opened at Karolbagh, Rajouri Garden, Dwarka and Subhash Nagar, among other stations.
The new liquor outlet at Delhi’s Rajouri Garden metro station.
- Liquor stores were opened in Delhi metro stations on Saturday
- Shops have been opened at Karolbagh, Rajouri Garden, Dwarka and Subhash Nagar, among other stations.
- The Excise Department plans to open another 500 outlets in the city on Wednesday
In a move welcomed by drinkers, the Delhi government’s excise department began selling alcohol in metro stations from Saturday to meet customer demand. Shops have opened at Karolbagh, Rajouri Garden, Dwarka, Mundka, Shivaji Park, Sultanpuri, Subhash Nagar and Badarpur metro stations to sell alcohol.
“These small-sized stores will cater to customers from JJ clusters and unauthorized settlements, and everyone can easily get alcohol here. Stores open are small and larger stores are in the pipeline,” an excise official said.
This came after the new excise policy, implemented on November 17, 2021, was discontinued and the old policy was reimplemented on September 1, 2022. Excise department officials faced a challenge due to the non-opening of liquor stores in 67 non-compliant areas.
These commercial stores are located on the ground floor of the station and fall under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Consumer Cooperative Wholesale Store (DCCWS).
The permission given to licensees to open additional shops in compliant areas instead of non-compliant neighborhoods without the approval of the authorities was considered a procedural breach in Delhi’s excise policy and found by the Secretary chief in his report of July 8, 2022.
There are also plans to open 500 liquor stores across the city by September and at least 200 more by the end of 2022, officials said.
Last November, Delhi was divided into 32 zones in which 849 liquor stores were opened. But the opening of liquor stores in non-compliant areas has been strongly opposed by Delhi’s BJP.
The three BJP-run municipal corporations have started sealing off these liquor stores in non-compliant areas due to alleged violations of Delhi’s master plan standards.
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