The author: Abhinav Rajput
, Mahender Singh Manral
| New Delhi |
Published : 5. May 2020 3:03:37
In a liquor store in Vant Vihar, Monday (Tasha Tobgyal’s express photo)
Chaos prevailed for some liquor stores on Monday after 158 stores in the city were closed for the first time since the Delhi government announced the blockade on 23 December. The month of March is open.
On Monday evening, the government of Delhi decided to introduce a special corona tax – 70% of the maximum selling price – on alcohol in all outlets.
According to police sources, the chaos was caused by the lack of communication between the Delhi Excise Department and the police regarding the decision to open several shops.
Duty to Excise Commissioner Ravi Dhavan told police on Monday about the state government’s decision to open shops. State-owned companies (the four that are allowed to open shops as long as they are not located in shopping centres and market complexes) reported that the local police do not allow the opening of shops … They ask for instructions from field agents who are allowed to open the liquor stores of the four public companies from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Dhavan wrote to the police commissioner of Delhi.
Several liquor stores had to close a few hours after the reopening, while dozens of people took to the streets. In some areas the police used Latin accusations to spread the crowds.
Subsequently, the Delhi Special Investigation Department prepared a report and proposed an extension of the deadline for the sale of alcohol.
Wine selling periods can be extended to avoid crowds, and shops should have enough alcohol because people will buy more than they need, the report says.
MC Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday that Delhi was ready to resume its activities and was in a financial haemorrhage without any income. Delhi earns Rs on average. 500 a month in excise duties.
According to some sources, several district police forces held a meeting last night to discuss the opening of essential services, but there was consensus that wine shops should not be opened.
In areas like Mayur Vihar, Vasant Vihar, Dvorka, Joty Nagar, Daialpur, Karol Bagh, Daria Ganja and SB Gupta Road shops were closed because people could not keep social distance.
In many areas, including Rohinie, Krishna Nagar and Karol Bagh, people have been queuing up since 7 am.
In Trilokpuri and Vishvas Nagar, police were forced to use the charge of soft lathi. Most wine shops have limited sales of seven bottles per person to prevent hoarding.
An employee at Mayor Vihar’s shop said… When it comes to ensuring social distance, all shops must be open.
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