Tipplers in the Millennium City have started to avoid organising parties at their residence/farmhouse. Now, they seem to prefer going to bars and hotels.
According to the excise department, the number of people seeking one-day permit for serving liquor at their places went down sharply as the department issued only 770 such permits last year as against 1,113 in 2011.
The excise officials blame the traffic police for the downward trend. The one-day permit for serving liquor at a private place can be procured for a minor fee of Rs 1,500.
"The number of tipplers is increasing day by day and more and more bars are coming up in the city," said Aruna Singh, deputy excise and taxation officer, Gurgaon.
Encouraged by 2011 figures, the excise department had planned to move a proposal to the higher authorities to hike the permit fee from Rs 1,500 to Rs 10,000. "The department can make good revenues from the one-day permit fee, but the traffic department's drives against drunken driving have played the spoil sport. The youths are now not organising parties at their place," said an excise official.
Gaurav Singh, a resident of posh Nirvana Country, said, "Why would anyone come for a party after knowing the massive traffic drive. No one feels comfortable with drivers for a personal party."