New shops, liquor enforcement as Delhi reverts to old excise policy

Delhi will revert to the old liquor policy regime from tomorrow, September 1, ending the new liquor policy, which has been marred by allegations of corruption. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the irregularities.

Under the old excise system, alcohol must be sold in government stores, which will be under the supervision of the excise department. According to sources close to the department, about 500 government drinking establishments are ready to meet the demand, and their number will be increased to 700 in the coming days. Around 80 wholesalers have already registered with the department. Consumers will be able to choose from 500 distinct brands.

According to the sources, 60 lakh bottles of liquor will meet demand for four days from September 1 when private stores close their shutters. Delhi’s consumption is around 12 lakh bottles per day.

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A mobile application has also been developed to provide information on dry days, alcohol brands and their availability. The mAbkaridelhi mobile app will be available in Hindi and English and can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple Store from September.

It will provide a wealth of information: retail sales in a locality, their hours, the availability of foreign alcohol, and will also allow you to search for sales in alphabetical order. The app also has the ability to submit comments.

Ahead of the holiday season, the government is focusing on the availability of alcohol to meet the growing demand. A manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “No brand promotions are accepted by the manager. There will be no price changes for the next six months.”

The Excise Department also maps each neighborhood under a “confirmation zone” or a “non-confirmation zone”. Many licensees were unable to open their stores under the new excise policy due to objections from residents and welfare associations.

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