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Hotels in Delhi-NCR to begin serving liqour this week following excise department’s nod


NEW DELHI: Hotels and restaurants across Delhi/NCR which were affected by the Supreme Court liqour ban will start serving alcohol this week after getting a go ahead from excise department officials on Tuesday evening.

Marquee restaurants like Indian Accent and hotels like The Roseate and Radisson Blu that had stopped serving alcohol following the liqour ban said their licenses have been renewed after excise department officials desealed their premises on Tuesday evening following the Supreme Court order on August 23 which stated the ban does not apply to licensed establishments in municipal limits.

In an order issued on the liqour ban matter August 23, the Supreme Court had clarified that the liqour ban does not apply to licensed establishments falling within municipal areas.

The Supreme Court order was in response to a special leave petition filed by the NGO Arrive Safe Society of Chandigarh against the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The Supreme Court had dismissed this petition on 11 July and had indicated that its reasons for dismissal would follow.

Hoteliers in Mumbai said following a public holiday on Monday and given the ongoing rains, they are expecting an approval from the excise department officials by Thursday.

A notice from deputy commissioner (Excise) in New Delhi which was issued on August 29 and was accessed by ET stated: “Fresh directions have been issued by the honorable Supreme Court vide its order dated July 11,2017….keeping in view the above directions, in charge along with the team constituted is hereby directed to de-seal the liqour store (falling within municipal area) which were sealed by them in compliance of the Supreme Court order dated 15.12.2016 and 31.3.2017.

“We have received the go ahead from excise department to serve alcohol in our premises. A lot of our inventory has expired during the period. We had already paid the licensee fee and will start serving alcohol now,” said Ankur Bhatia, executive director of the Bird Group which owns the Roseate on national highway 8 in New Delhi.

A spokesperson from critically acclaimed Indian Accent restaurant said the department has renewed their license and the suspension of liqour has been called off.

Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia for Carlson Rezidor which has brands like Country Inn and Suites, Radisson and Radisson Blu said 13 of their affected hotels have started serving liqour in Delhi NCR and other regions which include, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson on national highway 8 in Gurgaon, and Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Delhi.

“For our other affected hotels, we are working to streamline the operations and regulations to start serving liqour,” he said.

Source: Economic Times

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