If you are one of those who would like to spend time at your “car-o-bar” after a hectic day at work, it is time to mend your habits.
The next time you are spotted enjoying a quick drink with your colleagues or friends in a public place, you may end up paying a fine of Rs 5,000.
And if you try to create a ruckus, you may even land up behind the bars for up to six months, apart from coughing up Rs 10,000.
After a long wait of almost seven months, the central government has finally approved the Delhi Excise Act that aims at checking the growing problem of liquor consumption on the roadside.
Senior excise officials said President Pratibha Patil had also given her assent to the legislation, which was cleared by the Delhi Assembly last year.
With the bill likely to be notified in the next few days, stricter laws will be in place to deal with drinking at public places in the Capital.
Anybody selling or delivering liquor to a person less than 21 years of age can also be fined Rs. 10,000.
Anyone encouraging open drinking can be jailed for two years and fined Rs 50,000, senior excise officials said.
The bill has also proposed death penalty for people involved in the business of spurious liquor.
Till now, Delhi does not have its own excise act and it has borrowed the laws under the Punjab Excise Act 1914, under which people found drinking at public places can only be fined up to Rs. 200.
“We often get complaints of people drinking in cars, outside wedding functions and even in parks during daytime. We will now be able to check drinking at public places and handle problems like smuggling of liquor and manufacturing of spurious liquor,” Delhi excise minister Ashok Kumar Walia said.