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MCD sees red over Delhi govt's new bar licence granting system

delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2010 20:41 IST
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The BJP-ruled MCD is unhappy over the Delhi government's new simplified system for granting liquor licences to city restaurants.

Delhi government had on December 6 entrusted the Tourism Department the responsibility to function as a nodal agency for facilitating grant of such licence to restaurants so that procedural delays can be reduced.

Any restaurant seeking to serve liquor has to get various kinds of approval from agencies such as MCD, police and Fire Department, besides the Excise Department.

Under the existing system, the applications used to be processed in a linear fashion and unless the first department would clear it, the next department would not take it up for approval. Now, restaurants can apply to all agencies separately at a time.

The MCD, however, feels the new system is an attempt by the Congress government to usurp its powers.

Chairman of Standing Committee of MCD, Yogender Chandolia on Friday urged the Lt Governor to deter the Delhi government from "depriving" the corporation of the powers conferred upon it.

"It is one thing to make the restaurant and bar licence procedure simple and non-time consuming for which suggestions may be made to the corporation. But it is a different thing to place a department having no legal sanctity upon the function of the MCD," he said.

"The Section 421 of the DMC Act confers the powers upon the corporation to grant licence for eating, lodging, hotel...or for the consumption of any food or drink or any place where food is sold or prepared for sale," Chandolia said in a statement.

He said the orders and the procedures as declared by Delhi government are based on "political whims".