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Alcohol crisis in Delhi: IGI airport and NDMC areas must continue to deal with shop crisis

The liquor store crisis at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) and New Delhi City Council (NDMC) area would continue for a few more days, officials said on August 29. The shortage will continue as government agencies in Delhi are expected to take over the retail alcohol industry in the city from September 1.

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In line with the city government’s intention to return to the old excise regime with its four agencies operating 500 liquor stores in Delhi from September 1, they said more than 300 sales have been prepared in various sections of the city and 360 liquor brands have thus far from being registered.

From September, a number of new stores will open in areas near metro stations where traffic is heavy and security is often greater. Officials said the Excise Department has also granted licenses for liquor vending machines in six malls, which will begin operating on September 1.

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Also, in the following days, the department will focus on premium sales. These stores, they say, will have more space and a wide selection of premium liquors. After Lieutenant Governor of Delhi (LG) VK Saxena requested a CBI investigation into alleged anomalies in his execution, the government withdrew the 2021–22 excise policy.

The Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), the Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) and the opening of liquor sales for the sale of liquor under its jurisdiction have been allocated five stores, but the NDMC last week rejected those demands.

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“We hope to issue licenses soon for stores in the NDMC areas as well as at IGI airport after the private players left the liquor retail business on August 30. So far, no licenses have been issued. issued for these two areas,” an excise officer said. department officer.

The registration process for alcohol brands has also accelerated and 44 out of 60 manufacturers who had applied have been registered.

“Out of 360 liquor brands registered so far, 230 are foreign brands and the rest are foreign liquors made in India,” an official said.

Throughout the city, stores were prepared. Since orders are placed by the appropriate agencies as soon as their stores open on September 1, the excise department also maintained a supply of alcohol for a week.

“Alcohol supply has been hampered during the transition period with approximately 250 stores run by private operators at present. We have already prepared 300 stores and efforts are underway to ensure that all 500 stores are ready. from September 1. This will significantly improve supply for the first week of next month,” a senior Excise Department official said.

The 500 outlets will be set up from September 1 by the four municipal government enterprises, namely DTTDC, DSIIDC, Delhi Consumer Cooperative Wholesale Stores and Delhi State Civil Supplies Company. . By Dec. 31, another 200 liquor kiosks will be operational, officials say.

Although some of the new liquor outlets are smaller because the company has also extended contracts with previous owners, most will need 300 square feet of space. To meet the demand, the excise agency has also stockpiled 40 lakh bottles of liquor.

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“Demand for alcohol in September is expected to remain slow due to Shradh and Navratri when people avoid consuming alcohol and current stock is expected to meet demand as stores will open from September 1,” said a manager.

Prior to November 17, 2021, the effective date of Excise Policy 2021-22, Delhi’s four government enterprises were responsible for operating liquor vending machines across the city. During this period, 32 area licenses for 849 retail sales were granted to private enterprises. Under the now repealed Excise Policy 2021-2022, the government gave up the retail alcohol industry.

(With PTI inputs)

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