In the first ever opening of e-tenders of liquor vends in Haryana, the excise and taxation department earned Rs 105 crore from Panchkula on Wednesday. The auction in 2013-14 of the same number of vends had fetched the department Rs 91 crore.
The allotment took place at mini-secretariat in a meeting held under deputy commissioner Vivek Atray.
In 2013-14, the liquor vends were allotted for two years with 5% increase in licence fee for 2014-15.
As per excise policy of 2015-16, liquor vends are allotted in groups in Haryana. A group can comprise a maximum number of three contiguously located retail outlets of either country liquor or Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL).
In the IMFL category, out of 20 groups of vends, 17 were sold and the state kitty earned Rs 73.46 crore against the reserved price of Rs 54.41 crore, with an overall increase of 35%.
In the country liquor category, out of 21 groups, 19 were sold. The state exchequer received Rs 31.68 crore against the reserved price of Rs 26.74 crore, with an overall increase of 18.52%. The IMFL liquor vends of Sector 10, 14 and 9 were allotted for Rs 8.9 crore, which is the highest, to Salim Khan. In the country liquor category, the liquor vends in Industrial Area Phase 1, Sector 14 and Abhaypur village earned Rs 2.81 crore.
“Some liquor vends could not be allotted due to less economic viability. We will start the process for their allotment again,” said deputy excise and taxation commissioner Sanjeev Rathi.
As per a high court judgment of March 2014, no liquor vend is allowed alongside national highways or state highways. Due to this, many contractors did not extend their contract for 2014-15 for the vends which were relocated. It resulted in a loss of Rs 20-25 crore to the state exchequer.