No crowd near vends in Delhi’s new liquor policy while bars to open till 3am

Delhi's new liquor policy

Delhi’s new excise policy has been made public by the Delhi administration. The information was posted on the government’s website on Monday evening, following a hearing on a petition brought by the National Capital Liquor Traders Association.

The petitioners had raised concerns about the document’s delay in being uploaded.

The new policy intends to make significant improvements to the city’s liquor sector, correct wrongdoings, and improve the user experience.

The following are the key points of the Delhi government’s liquor policy, which was passed in May:

  1. Microbreweries are allowed to offer draught beer to bars as well as provide takeaway services under the legislation. “Wherever draught beer is served as a takeout, appropriate signage and information regarding its short shelf life will be required, and the bottles will have to clearly state the expiry date,” the policy statement stated.
  2. It further stated that draught beer may be served at permitted events and banquet venues with temporary licences such as P-10, P-10E, and others. The policy states unequivocally that any institution found selling draught beer “beyond its expiry date will have his licence cancelled immediately.”
  3. It did not, however, discuss lowering the legal drinking age from 25 to 21 years.
  4. Liquor should also be served in open spaces such as terraces and balconies at licenced hotels and restaurants, according to the excise policy.
  5. The government is attempting to depart the retail liquor trade with the new policy, which will result in the closure of state-run stores. The government of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wants to boost private business players.
  6. With the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) protocols in place, the new regulation firmly prohibits crowding outside a vendor on the sidewalk, as well as purchasing via the counter.
  7. The Delhi government’s revisions would also allow bars in hotels, restaurants, and clubs to stay up until 3 a.m., “save for licensees who have been granted a licence to provide round-the-clock liquor service.”
  8. The number of retail liquor vends in the city has been regulated at 849 under the new policy. There will be five super-premium retail vends, each with a carpet size of at least 2,500 square feet.
  9. The ultra-premium vends can only offer products that cost more than $200 MRP for beer and more than $1,000 retail price for all other spirits, such as Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, Brandy, and so on.
  10. The Delhi government anticipates its revenue to increase by 20% in a year as a result of the new policy.

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