NEW DELHI: Fumed with the increasing number of complaints from the citizens over the nuisance created by the drunkards in public places, the Delhi government has come forward with a three-fold action plan to crackdown on the consumption of alcohol in the open. With effective from November 7, 2016 people found drinking outside liquor shops will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 and those creating nuisance in public places will be jailed for three months in addition to a penalty of Rs 10,000.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the excise portfolio announced the government’s three-fold action plan assuring the citizens of peaceful surroundings within 10 days. Accordingly, the government has issued a notification to all the licensed alcohol vendors in the city to display advertisements banning consumption of liquor in open and public places. In the second phase, the government will start slapping fines against the offenders from November 7, 2016. Finally, in third phase the government will start weeding out general stores reportedly selling liquor without any license from the excise department.
“We have strategically prepared the action plan and accordingly alerted the excise department to prepare for carrying out unexpected raids from November 7. No one violating the rules will be spared in this process”, the Deputy Chief Minister assured.
Sisodia, also said that he along with other excise officials has raided liquor shops in Mayur Vihar on complaints of locals and had cancelled their license on the spot for violating the norms.
Besides these steps, the Delhi government is also looking forward to control the use of fire crackers on Diwali keeping in view of deteriorating atmosphere in Delhi.