Revellers hoping to enjoy their peg at weddings and other functions at community centres across the city are in for dejection.
With the municipal corporation (MC) failing to deposit licence fee to the UT excise and taxation department, liquor can no longer be served at these centres, 34 in number in Chandigarh.
As per new excise policy, the community centres are supposed to pay Rs 30,000 annual fee each for serving liquor during functions. However, the MC is yet to deposit Rs 1.2 lakh as ‘L5d fee’ since June.
Manjit Singh, resident of SAS Nagar, who booked the Sector-46 community centre for a wedding in December, said, “We are in a fix, as we cannot serve liquor to our guests. Where are the residents at fault amid all this? So why should they suffer?”
Another resident Ramesh Kumar of Sector 22, said, “I went to book a community centre for a function next month. But did not get it done as liquor cannot be served, thanks to MC’s carelessness.”
A senior officer in the excise and taxation department, said action would be taken against any one found serving liquor without obtaining licence from the department. Besides, serving liquor without paying the licence fee could lead to cancellation of the licence, he added.