A sub-committee of the Delhi government on Thursday suggested opening 700 liquor shops across Delhi by the end of this year. The committee said that Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store Ltd (DCCWS) and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited would set up 500 liquor shops by the end of this month. Another 200 liquor shops will be opened by the end of this year. Each corporation will run five premium outlets.
The DSIIDC will run its shops in Delhi Cantonment and New Delhi Municipal Council areas while the DTTDC will run its shops in zones 1-9, the DSIIDC in 10-18, the DCCWS in 19-24 and the DSCSC in 25-30.
According to a report given by the committee, the DTTDC and the DSIIDC will open 150 liquor shops each while the DCCWS and the DSCSC will open 100 shops each by the end of this month. The DTTDC and the DSIIDC will open additional 60-60 shops, and the DCCWS and the DSCSC will start 40 new outlets each.
The Delhi government formed a committee on August 03 to identify zones for opening liquor shops. It comprised the labour commissioner and heads of the corporations.
Bhartiya Janata Party slammed the Aam Aadmi Party government for selling liquor at a cheaper price and financial loss to the government.
However, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia denied these allegations and said that BJP was threatening shopkeepers, officers with ED and CBI, they wanted legal liquor shops to be closed in Delhi and earned money from illegal shops. So, the Delhi government has decided to stop the new liquor policy and ordered to open govt liquor shops.