With the UT administration releasing its excise policy for 2017-18 on Thursday, it has emerged that residents consumed 30,000 bottles of liquor daily, on average, from April 1, 2016, to March 28 this year. The total number of bottles consumed was around 1 crore, of which 94 lakh were of Indian Made Foreign liquor (IMFL), with country-made liquor bottles making up the rest of the consumption of 6 lakh.
Under the new policy, the number of vends go down from 99 to 77. The quota of liquor bottles has been increased.
The number of vends has been reduced due to de-notification of state highways.
The existing policy will continue till April 6.
Last year, the administration had earned Rs 238 crore from auction of 99 vends, while it earned Rs 225 crore from sale of whisky. Sources added that the city could see increase in rates of premium brands by 14 per cent, though the exact prices would be determined once vends are allotted.
- Country liquor: Two bottles of 750 ml
- IMFL/IFL : 12 bottles of 750 ml or two bottles of higher measure
- Beer: 12 bottles of 650 ml
- Wine: 12 bottles of 750 ml
The reserve price has been fixed at Rs 202.55 crore, meaning that one vend will cost, on average, Rs 2.6 crore.
According to the policy, there will be marginal increase in license fee for IMFL and country liquor along with increase in license fee of various liquor licences.
Against 12 lakh cases this year, 11 lakh cases were approved last year for retail sale liquor licenses across the city.
RATES TO GO UP BY Rs 25-30 PER BOTTLE
Last year, the minimum retail price per bottle was hiked from Rs 200 to Rs 240 under same category of IMFL.
This year, 10-14% hike is proposed. This will translate into a minimum increase of Rs 25-30 per bottle in retail.
- The excise policy will come into force from April 7, 2017.
- The total quota of IMFL will be 74.25 lakh proof liters and for country liquor 8.25 lakh proof liters. Last year total quota for IMFL was 67.50 lakh and 7.50 lakh, respectively.
- •Number of vends go down from from 99 to 77
- The UT will advertise for submission of bids by the applicants, starting Friday. Bids to be opened on April 4.
BLOW TO RESTAURANTS, BARS: NO SALE OF LIQUOR ON MADHYA MARG, NH
In a major blow to owners of hotels, restaurants and shops selling liquor, the administration has banned the sale of liquor within 500m from the Madhya Marg and the national highway passing through the UT.
The Madhya Marg means the stretch from the Transport Chowk to the PGI/Panjab University; the national highway means the Dakshin Marg (the Tribune Chowk to the JW Marriot hotel roundabout) and then towards the Sector 43 roundabout. The administration has issued a notice in this regard, saying that the ban had been imposed in accordance with the Supreme Court orders of December 15 vide which it had banned sale and serving of liquor within 500m of national and state highways.
Hotel owners are hopeful that the SC will come to their rescue. “The apex court is hearing petitions from several stakeholders. We have faith in the judiciary,” said Manish Goyal, owner of a Sector-26 restaurant affected by the order.
For the rest of the city, the administration has extended its 2016-2017 policy till April 6. So, licence holders can continue to sell liquor for six more days on the existing liquor licence after paying the prescribed fee. The details of this fee had been put up on administration’s website, an official sai.