Be it daru desi or rum rum rum o whisky, ­getting sloshed in the Capital is going to get tougher than what Yo Yo Honey Singh previously imagined, and Delhiites are tearing their hair over it.
With Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung having approved a hike of 8 to 12% in excise duty across all ­segments of liquor, everyone from vendors to restaurant owners and alcohol lovers will have to shell out more starting next week. While Kingfisher beer which was earlier priced at Rs. 60 will now come with a tag of Rs. 75-80, Blenders Pride whisky will go up from Rs. 610 to 700.
“Dilli ki janta maaf nahi karegi ... alcohol prices only seem to be rising with the temperatures!” says Anshul Gupta, a 26-year-old investment banker. “This is the time when Delhiites should head to Gurgaon,” tweeted @mitalibose, 26.
Restaurateurs, too, are a worried lot. “This hike will affect ­banquets, as consumption of beer is high in Delhi, especially during summer, making it difficult for us to keep the prices affordable,” says Kishore Kumar Bhagat of Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar.
Sanjeev Goswami of Excuse Me Boss in CP says, “We are keeping the prices unchanged for the time being.”
Meanwhile, some are ­looking at the brighter side. “The rise in prices of liquor is usually followed by a decrease in violence,” ­tweeted Dhruv Gund, 25.