Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

New rules allow home delivery of liquor in Delhi

- Sweta Goswami letters@hindustant­imes.com

The Delhi government on Monday allowed home delivery of liquor in the Capital through websites and apps as part of a new excise policy that aims to introduce sweeping changes in the city’s liquor business, clean up malpractic­es, and improve user experience.

Under the Delhi Excise (Amendment) Rules, 2021, which was notified on Monday, the government allowed retailers who hold L-13 licence to deliver alcohol to consumers’ homes. At present, all liquor shops in Delhi are shut due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.

“Only a particular kind of license holder will be allowed to home deliver liquor. In Delhi, we have allowed home delivery of liquor only to L-13 license holders,” said an excise department official, who did not want to be named.

A second government official clarified the rules might not be implemente­d immediatel­y, but the changes would clear the decks for the process to begin.

“This notificati­on was meant to notify the changes made to the Delhi excise rules. The date of implementa­tion of these rules, including the home delivery service, will be announced through another notificati­on by the Delhi government. That date is yet to be decided,” the second official said.

The excise department official said the L-13 category existed before but was little used due to complex rules that allow home delivery only for orders placed by fax or email. “Such modes of placing orders are outdated now and hence, home delivery of liquor never took off in the national Capital,” the official said.

“L-13 is an existing license which has been amended. No license for L-13 or home delivery of license has been issued so far,” said a Delhi government statement.

The new excise rules allow to L-13 licence holders to deliver Indian and foreign-made liquor to residences only.

“The licensee shall make delivery of liquor at the residences only if the order is received through a mobile app or online web portal and no delivery shall be made to any hostel, office, and institutio­n,” read the notificati­on issued by the state finance department.

Home delivery of liquor is allowed in other prominent cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

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