Delhi government will run 500 government liquor shops from September 1!

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Officials said on Thursday that on September 1, the Delhi government will operate 500 liquor shops without any private player in the retail sale of liquor after the old excise regime is withdrawn.

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During a meeting on Thursday, a government sub-committee pointed out that four organizations – Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), Delhi Consumer Cooperative Wholesale Stores (DCCWS), and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation (DSCSC) - will set up these vending machines by the end of this month.

It is estimated that by the end of the year 200 additional liquor vends will run. According to the statement, five premium vends selling high-end products will be handled by each of the total 700 outlets. Five contracts are expected to be commissioned by the end of December, of which two will open before the end of the month.

DTTDC, DSIIDC, DCCWS, and DSCSC will operate their stores in zones 1-9, 10-18, 19-24, and 25-30 respectively.

According to the report, the Delhi Cantonment and New Delhi Municipal Council areas will be handled by DTTDC, while the airport area will be handled by DSIIDC.

The current excise policy, which expires on August 31, granted retail licenses to private companies for 32 sectors and 849 shops.

On September 1, the government will re-enter the retail liquor market, which it had withdrawn after the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22 on November 17.

While DTTDC and DSIIDC are expected to open 150 liquor shops by the end of the month, DCCWS and DSCSC are expected to open 100 shops each.

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By the end of the year, DTTDC and DSIIDC will open 60 new stores each, while DCCWS and DSCSC will set up 40 new stores each.

The four corporations ran 475 liquor contracts under the previous excise scheme, which was running till November 17 last year.

Depending on the location of the stores, companies may be required to pay up to 15% of their estimated gross profit as rent.