New Year revellers in Indore are in for a disappointment as the excise department will not be relaxing its 11.30 pm deadline for serving alcoholic drinks in restaurants, hotels, pubs, lounges and bars during this year-end.
Two teams comprising officials from food and drugs, civil supplies and excise departments will inspect eateries serving alcohol on December 31 night.
The teams are regularly conducting such inspections in all pubs and lounge across the city.
“We have been carrying out inspections all year long to check violation of this rule. The approach will remain same on New Year’s eve as well,” Excise assistant commissioner Sanjeev Dubey said.
The New Year party scene seems to be comparatively sober this time as the excise department says it is yet to receive applications for one day liquor licence well.
“We have not received any requests till now for a license. It usually takes a time period of two-three days to process the license, so we do hope to receive some requests will follow but not a keen attitude is being noticed amongst people ahead for new year’s eve,” Dubey said.
Senior food and drugs inspector Mainish Swami makes it clear that the rule prohibits anybody from serving alcohol post 11-30 pm in the night and eateries have to close business at mid-night.
“Eateries are allowed to serve food till late night. Restaurants serving alcohol may close down early to avoid any dispute over this issue,” he said.
Hotel owners are already feeling the pinch as there have been lesser requests for New Year parties this year.
“It is an unhappy scene as we are already registering a huge loss. We have to start the parties early. This year. our party will begin by 7 pm instead of 9-30 pm to 10 pm in the night,” Vidorra Lounge director Ankit Singhal said.
“We get request to run the party till late night which is very difficult,” he added.