Soon Delhiites might miss their favourite way to have their share of Bacchus. From now on, Big Brother would be watching every man who dares to drink in public in the Capital.
In the next 45 days, the 450 odd liquor vends in Delhi would have to install closed circuit television cameras in and around their shops. According to the Delhi Police, these cameras would be a weapon against people who drink publicly.
“The liquor shop owners would have to install sufficient number of CCTV cameras with and recording system to cover up to 50-metre area in front of the shop. The CCTV should monitor anyone consuming liquor or facilitating consumption of liquor or any unauthorised vendor stationed in the coverage area,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.
The police are also going to now crackdown on shopkeepers selling savory items outside the liquor vends. “People buy eatables from these vendors and start drinking right outside the liquor shops. This will help in curbing such incidents,” added the officer.
According to the police, before starting sales for the day, the manager of the liquor vend should ensure that the CCTV system is in proper working and in case any defect is noticed, immediate action to get it rectified is taken.
The vend owner will have to hand over a CD of the CCTV footage on a daily basis to the beat constable of the area.
This new order is part of the Delhi Excise Act, which was recently approved by the central government that aims at curbing the growing problem of liquor consumption on the road in the Capital.