The district excise officer has asked organisers planning Christmas and New Year events to obtain a temporary licence to serve liquors otherwise they could be booked.
Not only that, they will be treated on a par with smugglers if they serve liquor brought from any other state.
“The fee for the Occasional Licence is Rs 5,000 a day. Further, they have to serve only liquor for which tax has been paid in UP. If liquor from Delhi, Haryana or any other state is served, it will amount to smuggling and organisers will be treated as liquor smugglers,” district excise officer Kuldeep Yadav said on Friday.
“Event managers organise Christmas, New Year and several other events where liquor is served. However, the excise department’s Occasional Licence is required for serving liquor at public events, otherwise it is considered illegal,” Yadav said.
“Birthday parties and cocktail events organised by corporates or individuals at banquet halls and restaurants or even in roadside pandals require this licence for serving liquor,” he added.
He said compliance with such requirements was low in the last two months, as compared to last year.
“I have directed excise inspectors to conduct raids at such parties, seize the liquor being served and seal the premises,” the officer said.
The Federation of Greater Noida Residents’ Welfare Associations and Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Associations have also appealed to residents to follow excise rules and obtain the licence necessary to be able to serve liquor during parties and functions.