Over 250 private alcohol shops to be closed for 45 days from October 1; Details inside
In Delhi, there are now 849 liquor outlets, 276 of which are privately owned. The Delhi government has urged wholesalers and government outlets to have a sufficient supply.
Private liquor stores in Delhi will cease on October 1. Liquor will be sold in Delhi from November 17 under the new excise policy implemented by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government. Private liquor stores, on the other hand, will be closed on the date mentioned earlier.
In these conditions, private liquor shops no longer request additional booze supply, and the current stockpiles are fast depleting. However, for many merchants, these stores would remain shuttered indefinitely is a source of concern. All existing liquor stores are being shuttered under the Delhi government's new excise policy, and outlets will be opened equally in all sections of Delhi under the new system.
The Delhi government has already begun the bidding process for new stores. On September 15, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a news conference to detail the process.
The retail liquor selling licences in 32 zones have been awarded to the highest bidders. Each zone includes around ten wards and 27 liquor merchants. In Delhi, there are now 849 liquor outlets, 276 of which are privately owned. The Delhi government has urged wholesalers and government outlets to have a sufficient supply. The directive was sent to sellers and dealers in anticipation of the upcoming festival season when the demand for booze is expected to rise.
To avoid the creation of syndicates that lead to overcharging and brand influence, the state government issued tenders soliciting bids for the establishment of retail vends under the new policy. In contrast to the former policy, the new policy leaves it up to the licensee to decide on topics of discount and refund on the MRP.
According to the Excise Department, Zone 28, which includes Dwarka-A, Deoli, Bhajanpura, Kardampuri, and Quraish Nagar, received the highest offer of Rs 357 crore.