Discounts and ‘one plus one’ deals will end and past rules like 21 “dry days” are likely to return as Delhi government-run liquor shops will open under the old excise regime from September 1, officials said. said on Friday. However, for a better customer experience, there will be premium vends for high-end liquor and self-service stores where customers can pick their favorite brands off the shelves.
Four Delhi government corporations DTTDC, DSIIDC, DCCWS, and DSSC have been tasked with opening a total of 500 liquor shops by August 31. Each corporation will also operate five premium vends. The total number of liquor shops run by corporations will reach 700 by the end of the year.
The excise policy under which private liquor vends are currently being run in the city will end on August 31. Delhi government corporations will run liquor retailers from September 1 and there will be no private players in the segment. According to the Excise Department document, L-6 (Government Shops) license holders will be bound to sell liquor only at the prices fixed by the Excise Commissioner which will be mentioned on the bottle label.
“Any undercharging or overcharging will be considered a violation of terms and conditions and will be liable to cancellation of license,” the document said. Liquor shops will be open from 10 am to 10 pm. They will be closed on all dry days.
In Excise Policy 2021-22, the department reduced the number of dry days from 21 to three. “In the old excise policy, there were 21 days when shops were closed on important religious festivals of the country and anniversaries of dignitaries. Since the government has decided to go back to the old excise policy that existed before November 17, 2021, It is likely to remain dry for 21 days,” officials said.
Government-run liquor shops shall have a carpet area of 300 square feet and above and shall be located in local shopping centers or commercial premises. In Excise Policy 2021, the minimum carpet area of vends was fixed at 500 square feet. The proposed vend premises will be inspected by a site inspection committee consisting of excise officials.
Liquor shops will be located at a distance of at least 100 meters from major educational institutions, religious places and 50-bed hospitals.
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