The Delhi government will formally go out of the liquor business as nearly 600 contracts run by it will be closed from Tuesday night, paving the way for new private shops with walk-in facility, which will be next under the new excise policy. Will start operations in the morning.
Department sources expressed apprehension that the closure of government-run liquor shops could lead to further shortage of liquor in the city as all 850 new private contracts would start functioning in one go from Wednesday.
He said that licenses have been distributed to all the applicants in 32 zones, but around 300-350 shops are likely to start operations on the first day of the new excise system.
“Around 350 shops have been given provisional licenses. More than 200 brands have been registered with 10 wholesale licensees, who have procured nine lakh liters of liquor of different brands so far,” sources said.
However, officials said that gradually all 850 liquor contracts will start functioning and there will be no shortage after that.
Officials said this would be the first time that all government-run liquor shops in the national capital would remain closed, and the business would be completely transferred to private players.
Under the new excise policy of the Delhi government, all 850 liquor shops, including 260 privately run shops, have been given to private firms through open tender.
Private liquor shops were already closed on 30 September, and the government ones, which were functioning in a transition period of one and a half months, will end their business on Tuesday night.
The new license holders will start retailing of liquor in the city from Wednesday (November 17).
As per the new excise policy, which was made public in July this year, delicious liquor shops will be set up in 32 areas across the city where people will be able to walk and choose the brand of their choice. Shopping Mall.
Under the new arrangement, the government will go out of the retail liquor business, paving the way for the closure of state-run shops and promotion of private players in the national capital.
The new excise policy aims to revolutionize the consumer experience with walk-in facility by replacing the existing liquor shops in nooks and corners of the city, with liquor shops spread over an area of at least 500 square feet.
It stipulates that new liquor shops will have to be equipped with air conditioning and CCTV cameras. It also prohibits selling liquor through grilled shops with crowds of people on the streets and sidewalks.
The new excise policy allows opening of five super-premium retailers in an area of 2,500 square feet. Wine tasting facility will also be developed at these super-premium retailers.
On Monday, the office of the Excise Department of the Delhi government saw a larger-than-usual rush of representatives belonging to the new shop allottees, as last-minute fix of glitches after the new policy went on the floor from Wednesday.
The Delhi government had already issued guidelines regarding placing orders and receiving stock of liquor for attractive shops coming under the new system.
Officials said that under the new excise policy, liquor contracts have started placing orders for purchase of liquor from November 11.
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